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L’OREAL TAPS NAVELLOU FOR BIOTHERM: L’Oréal has named Hervé Navellou, a 16-year veteran of the beauty giant, as managing director of its Biotherm International unit. Navellou, 40, succeeds Marc Dubrule, who last April was named managing director of Lancôme International, as reported. Most recently, Navellou was managing director of mass-market products for Latin America, but he has held a number of marketing and operational posts at L’Oréal in Paris and Germany. In between, he spent four years at Garnier in Belgium. Navellou joins Biotherm at a time of swift growth for the skin care brand, which bases its products on thermal spring water. Biotherm posted sales of $263.5 million in 2001, up 11 percent over the previous year. It is expanding further into Asia this year, and introducing Skin Loving Colors, a color cosmetics line, as reported.

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OFF TARGET: Target Corp. is removing from its shelves shorts and baseball caps carrying allegedly neo-Nazi hate symbols, according to a statement issued by Target to Tolerance.org, a Web site managed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The merchandise bears the insignia “88,” used by neo-Nazi groups as code for “Heil Hitler” since “H” is the eighth letter of the alphabet. The Web site said Target also indicated it would educate its advertising staff and buyers to help them recognize imagery that could be deemed as racist or offensive. “Target is a family-oriented store and company and it is not our intent to carry any merchandise that promotes hate,” the statement read, in part.

LIFE IN CYBERSPACE: Despite declining consumer confidence, the country’s online population, through Aug. 18, spent $44.3 billion on the Internet, $24.9 billion of it on expenditures excluding travel services, marking respective increases of 40 percent and 28 percent versus a year ago, according to Internet measurement service comScore. Similarly, comScore is estimating fourth-quarter sales to cybershoppers, excluding travel, will advance 27 percent, tallying $13.8 billion. Internet sales of apparel and accessories combined constituted e-tail’s third-biggest category volume, excluding travel, through Aug. 18, with revenue amounting to $3.2 billion, up 3 percent over the prior-year period. For the week ended Aug. 18, apparel and accessories cybersales totaled $103 million, a 21 percent increase from the $85 million’s worth consumers purchased a year earlier.