CONTINENTAL DRIFT

PARIS — Christmas in Europe isn’t looking too cheery for the beauty industry. French retailers have been crippled by a strike. Stores in central Paris — like Artisan Parfumeur, shown here — are hardest hit. Elsewhere, the outlook is mixed: Some Italian stores are buoyant, and the latest launches are expected to boost the UK, but German sales are expected to be flat or down. For more, see page 4.

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