NEW YORK — The Estée Lauder Cos. notified the Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday that it has signed an agreement to purchase French skin care company Darphin Laboratoires. According to the filing, the transaction is subject to certain significant conditions, including potential review by French competition authorities, and is not expected to be completed until later in the year.

The cosmetics powerhouse made its last company purchase in June of 2000 when it acquired a majority share in the hair care firm Bumble and Bumble.

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