PARIS — The strength of the euro made the difference between retreating and advancing sales at Groupe Clarins during both the second quarter and first half.

In the quarter ended June 30, sales fell 6.5 percent to $224.9 million. Dollar figures have been converted at current exchange as Clarins reported quarterly sales of 200.1 million euros. Excluding the effect of currency fluctuation, sales rose 2.3 percent.

First-half sales were down 2.9 percent to $482.2 million, or 429 million euros, but rose 5.3 percent at constant exchange rates.

During the half, the brand’s cosmetics business rang up sales of $469.7 million, or 417.9 million euros, down 1.8 percent from last year, but up 6.7 percent at constant exchange. Couture sales plunged 31.7 percent to $12.5 million, or 11.1 million euros, and were down 30.4 percent at constant exchange.

Within cosmetics, beauty sales, which include Clarins brand makeup and skin care, rose 0.8 percent to $312.9 million, or 278.4 million euros, and were up 8.7 percent at constant exchange. Fragrance sales dipped 6.6 percent to $156.8 million, or 139.5 million euros, but were up 3 percent at constant exchange.

By geographical zone, first-half group sales were down 0.6 percent in Europe to $312.4 million; down 9.5 percent in North America to $106 million; down 11.1 percent in Asia to $35.2 million, and up 11 percent in other regions to $28.5 million.

Clarins expects to report half-year earnings results on Sept. 11 and anticipates higher margins for the period due to “strong business and tight control over expenses.”

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