UNILEVER NET DOWN: Unilever reported third-quarter profits were down 45 percent to 812 million euros, or $1.04 billion at average exchange, and nine-month profits down 10 percent to 2.92 billion euros, or $3.59 billion, year-on-year. At constant exchange, profits would have dipped 45 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The decline is in part attributable to a tough comparison with 2005 numbers, when Unilever sold its prestige fragrance business to Coty Inc. for $800 million.

Third-quarter turnover hit 10.12 billion euros, or $12.91 billion, an increase of 2 percent at average exchange and 4 percent at constant exchange. Turnover for the first nine months of the year reached 29.92 billion euros, or $36.78 billion, an increase of 4 percent at average exchange and 3 percent at constant exchange.

BPI MOVES: Monique Sénée has been named managing director of Shiseido-owned Beauté Prestige International, France. Sénée replaced Jean-François Touzet, who left the firm. Prior to the appointment, Sénée had been managing director of BPI's Benelux subsidiary since 2003. She joined the company in 1999.

AFTELIER HITS BENDEL'S: Aftelier Perfumes' line of liquid and solid perfumes and hydrosols was launched at Henri Bendel last month. Aftelier's line of eight liquid and five solid perfumes is showcased in a 3-foot, 6-inch-wide display unit in Bendel's 500-square-foot fragrance area on the second floor. The liquid perfumes will be available in two sizes: an 8-ml. perfume retailing between $125 and $140 and a 2-ml. miniature perfume retailing for $35.

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