PARIS — While prestige beauty sales last year either grew or registered moderate losses, fragrance was the sole product category to gain in the four European countries included in a recent report by the NPD Group.

In France, revenues in the prestige beauty channel between Jan. 3, 2011, and Jan. 1, 2012, increased 3 percent to 2.9 billion euros, or $4.06 billion. Skin care sales declined 1 percent, while makeup and fragrance revenues each increased 4 percent.

In the U.K. (minus The Perfume Shop business), prestige beauty sales gained 9 percent to 1.7 billion pounds, or $2.73 billion. Skin care sales were up 8 percent; color cosmetics’ grew 9 percent, while fragrance’s spiked 11 percent.

Dollar figures are converted from the euro and pound at the average exchange rate for the period between Jan. 3, 2011, and Jan. 1, 2012.

In Italy, the prestige beauty channel’s sales increased 1 percent to 1.8 billion euros, or $2.52 billion.  Skin care and makeup revenues also registered a 1 percent uptick, and fragrance sales climbed 2 percent.

Meanwhile, prestige beauty revenues on Spain’s mainland declined 1 percent to 1.08 billion euros, or $1.51 billion. Skin care and makeup each registered a 3 percent sales decrease, whereas fragrance posted a 1 percent revenue increase.

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