BERLIN — Negative foreign exchange rates and a difficult economic climate worldwide dampened the sales and profit performance of both the Wella and Beiersdorf Groups in the first half of 2002.

The Darmstadt-based Wella Group reported that sales rose 5.5 percent to $1.57 billion, but after adjustments for currency effects, sales would have grown 8.3 percent, the company said. All dollar figures are calculated from the euro at current exchange rates.

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