MARIONNAUD NUMBERS: Parfumeries Marionnaud announced first-half net profits down 38 percent to $9.12 million at current exchange rates, or 7.8 million euros, from $14.73 million, or 12.6 million euros, year on year. The French perfumery chain’s operating profits dipped 9.8 percent to reach $30.04 million, or 25.7 million euros, in the period. Its sales reached $567.07 million (485.1 million euros) in the half, up 15.3 percent over first-half 2002. “Although sales growth outside France accelerated to 44 percent in the first half, efforts to reorganize and build up the business in some markets — particularly Spain and Italy — depressed earnings during the period,” the company said in a statement.

LIP GLOSS FEVER: Bonne Bell has kicked its lip gloss machine into high gear. Next spring, the Lakewood, Ohio-based teen brand, will be rolling out Clic-It, a lip gloss pen with sponge-tip applicator, and VitaGlossO2, featuring a vitamin-filled formula designed to condition and protect lips. Then there is Kiss ‘n Colors lip color, a creamy formula offering high shine in natural-looking soft shades. Hilary Headrick Bell, executive vice president of strategic ideation at Bonne Bell, along with several senior executives, unveiled the products at the company’s SoHo offices this month.

HALEV TO FIRMENICH: Firmenich appointed Joanne Halev vice president of fragrance sales this week, a new position. Halev most recently handled global accounts at International Flavors & Fragrances.

BARNES’ BEAUTY: Celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes is introducing his own cosmetics collection. The line, which will debut on QVC in January with seven products priced between $25 and $50, has not been finalized.

LIVE WIRE: According to international reports, L’Oréal is partnering with MSN to launch a beauty channel online in the United Kingdom, called BeautyLive. A L’Oréal spokeswoman confirmed the report.

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