BERLIN — Cosmetics and adhesives maker Beiersdorf AG said net profits excluding special factors declined 5.7 percent to 333 million euros, or $471.4 million, for the nine months ended Sept. 30.


Group sales at the Hamburg-based company rose 2.1 percent to 4.28 billion euros, or $6.02 billion, in the period. At constant exchange rates, revenues increased 1.7 percent. 


Beiersdorf’s consumer division, which includes brands such as Nivea, Eucerin and La Prairie, registered an uptick of 0.9 percent in nine-month sales to 3.57 billion euros, or $5.02 billion. Adjusted for currency effects, the gain was 0.5 percent.


The company noted that above-average growth in face and body care categories offset sales declines resulting from a streamlining of the product line and exiting from the Nivea makeup business in Europe.


Dollar figures are converted at average exchange rates for the period to which they refer.


Beiersdorf reported third-quarter operating profits of 142 million euros, or $201 million, a 15 percent drop versus a year ago. Sales in the period dipped 0.6 percent to 1.37 billion euros, or $1.94 billion.


The consumer division’s third-quarter revenues fell 1.6 percent to 1.14 billion euros, or $1.61 billion.

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