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P&G Plans Price Increases in Feminine Care to Offset Commodity Costs

P&G owns Tampax and Always in the feminine care category.

Procter & Gamble is increasing prices for feminine care products in North America as it looks to offset rising commodity costs.

Prices for feminine care, baby care and adult incontinence products will be going up in September, the company said Tuesday as it released financial figures for the third fiscal quarter.

P&G did not specify which brands, but vice chairman and chief financial officer Jon Moeller said subbrands in those three categories would be impacted. P&G owns Tampax, Always, Luvs, Pampers and other major brands.

“The commodity cost challenge we face this year has become more difficult,” Moeller said on a call with media Tuesday. “Our baby care, feminine care products businesses have announced price increases in North America that will go into effect. The exact amount of increase varies by brand and subbrand and the range of mid-high to single digits. As opportunities allow, we will couple price increases with new product innovations, adding value for consumers along the way.”

For the quarter, P&G posted net sales of $18.1 billion, up 5 percent year-over-year. Net earnings were $3.2 billion.

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