Let’s Make a Deal: M&A Activity Bubbling Up in Beauty Sector

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As the beauty sector begins to shrug off the effects of the recession, it is emerging flush with dealmaking activity.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Profits Fall 35 Percent at Unilever

Quarterly sales dipped 2 percent.

clock November 5, 2009Brid Costello


Symrise Profits Gain 21.6 Percent

Fragrance and flavor maker expects 2 percent sales growth this year.

clock November 5, 2009Susan Stone

Saks shareholders approved two nonbinding proposals.

Business Features

Higher End Has Stronger Pulse in October

The shell-shocked aspirational consumer showed some signs of life in October.

clock November 5, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen


The House that Isaac Built

If anyone’s doubting Isaac Mizrahi’s transition to home shopping king, the turnout for his World Series night launch party bodes well for his new home on QVC.

clock November 5, 2009Jessica Iredale


Mittal Family Buys Escada

Escada has found a new home.

clock November 5, 2009Melissa Drier


Quiksilver Trims 10% of Workforce

For the second time this year, Quiksilver Inc. cut its staff in an attempt to lower costs and boost profits in a challenging economy.

clock November 5, 2009Khanh T.L. Tran

Bath and body items by Added Extras.


Firm Taps Dead Sea for Bath Range

Added Extras LLC has introduced Minerals Dead Sea Collection for mass retailers. Target is the first to market it with the initial six stockkeeping units.

clock November 6, 2009Faye Brookman

Pretty Woman, a scent by Barbara Orbison.


A Fragrance Inspired by Song: Pretty Woman

“Pretty Woman” — first a huge hit song and then a huge hit movie — is now a perfume.

clock November 6, 2009Kavita Daswani

A Too Faced bestseller.

Color Cosmetics

A Nip and a Tuck for Too Faced

Too Faced is out to keep beauty fun.

clock November 6, 2009Rachel Brown

The face of Wanted, Demi Moore.


Moore Bonding With Rubinstein

Demi Moore is not just another pretty face in a fragrance ad.

clock November 6, 2009Pete Born

The reception area of the new Pierre Michel.


Pierre Michel Moves to Bigger, Better Digs

In a very expensive gesture of thanks, salon owners and Manhattan staples Pierre Ouaknine and Michel Obadia have opened a new 10,000-square-foot salon.

clock November 6, 2009Andrea Nagel

Beauty Features

Snippets: Olsen Beauty… Boots Numbers

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s mary-kateandashley beauty line has come to an end.

clock November 6, 2009WWD Staff


Kosé, Coty Inc. Sign Licensing Deal

Kosé Corp. has entered into a licensing agreement with Coty Inc. for the manufacturing and distribution of Adidas men’s beauty products in Japan.

clock November 6, 2009WWD Staff

Max LS Age-less Face Cream


Lab Series’ Three-Pronged Venture

Lab Series Skincare for Men is amping up its profile and hopes to grow sales by 50 percent to an estimated $100 million at retail in the next three years.

clock November 6, 2009Matthew W. Evans


Daily Stock Wrap: November 5, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock November 6, 2009WWD Staff

A look inside one of the new William Rast stores.


Global Retail Rollout for William Rast

As many as 50 stores seen by 2012.

clock November 5, 2009Khanh T.L. Tran

Government and Trade

Kimberley Process Passes on Action Against Zimbabwe

Alleged human rights abuses are given more time to be cured

clock November 6, 2009Bambina Wise

Ready To Wear

Vanguard Trade Show Readies Debut

The MRket trade show will launch a sibling called Vanguard next season that focuses on the contemporary market.

clock November 6, 2009David Lipke

Tom Pecheux

Human Resources

Pecheux Named to New Lauder Post

Tom Pecheux has been named creative makeup director for the Estée Lauder brand.

clock November 6, 2009Julie Naughton



CVS Shares Fall on Lost Pharmacy Contracts

Company sees net income increase 39.3% in third quarter.

clock November 6, 2009Molly Prior

Jean-Paul Agon


L’Oréal Sees Sales of $6.06B

L’Oréal is on a growth trajectory again, thanks to a strong progression in its consumer products activities and accelerated gains in new markets.

clock November 6, 2009Jennifer Weil


Physicians Formula Posts Loss

The problem-solution cosmetics firm Physicians Formula Holdings Inc. posted a third-quarter net loss of $302,000.

clock November 6, 2009Molly Prior

An overview of the store.


M&A Companies Hunt for Beauty Targets

As the beauty sector begins to shrug off the effects of the recession, it is emerging flush with dealmaking activity.

clock November 6, 2009Jennifer Weil and Brid Costello and Susan Stone

Government and Trade

Congress Passes Tax Aid Bill

Congress sent a bill to President Obama’s desk on Thursday that would provide millions of dollars in tax refunds to retailers and manufacturers.

clock November 6, 2009Kristi Ellis

Benno Graziani and the Deneuve sisters.


Photographer Benno Graziani Shoots the Jet Set

Everyone from Catherine Deneuve to Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn appears in “Collection Privée,” a new book depicting the jet-set’s follies from 1955 to 1975.

clock November 6, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

The first Beatles/Comme des Garçons collection consists of 10 travel bags, plus five T-shirts and four shirts.

Designer and Luxury

Comme des Garçons Does The Beatles

For Rei Kawakubo’s hotly anticipated collaboration with The Beatles, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

clock November 6, 2009Miles Socha

Daisy Lowe


Lowe and Behold… Georgie Girl… Fast Hire…

Press kits and catalogues are suddenly becoming as buzzy as advertising campaigns, boasting famous faces and photographers.

clock November 6, 2009WWD Staff

A sketch of Louis Vuitton’s gardens at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Fashion Scoops

Secret Garden… Kors Gets Outdoorsy… The Family Burch

On Tuesday night, Louis Vuitton will transform its new in-store boutique in Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship into a garden.

clock November 6, 2009WWD Staff

Simon Doonan and Gary Knell


K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Gala Raises $1.2M

Move over, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, Simon Doonan might be eyeing your jobs.

clock November 6, 2009Jean E. Palmieri


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