• Color Cosmetics Are Somewhat Pallid

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 November 6, 2012
    Following last year’s successful string of results, it has been a rather pallid year for the color cosmetics category in the Big 5 with all countries, apart from the UK, slipping in value terms. The UK was the only country that didn’t see…

  • Splurge or Scrimp?

    Splurge or Scrimp?

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 September 28, 2012
    The spa market in the Big 5 reported mixed fortunes in the past 12 months. While it is always difficult in this sector to gauge figures due to many data companies not tracking spa in the same way as they would other personal care categories, product…

  • Injectable Interest

    Injectable Interest

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 August 31, 2012
    The aesthetics market in the Big 5 has seen an interesting and fruitful year—certainly for those involved in making money in the sector. Consumer interest has continued apace and the number of treatments and procedures to facilitate this has gr…

  • Are Tresses in Trouble? Sales Remain Static

    Are Tresses in Trouble? Sales Remain Static

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 020 7193 6862 August 1, 2012
    It has been a very mixed year for the hair care market in the Big 5 with the overall category (including shampoos, conditioners and styling products) posting a variety of gains and losses, but nothing very consistent and all a bit pallid. France and…

  • EU AP/Deo Market Is Blooming

    EU AP/Deo Market Is Blooming

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 0207 193 7447, Fax: (44) 20 7549 8622 June 29, 2012
    The Big 5 deodorant market has been especially fresh and fragrant in the past year with every single country making gains, which is quite a rare feat in the market these days. There has been continued interest in green and botanical ingredients and t…

  • A Smooth Ascent For Body Care

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets June 4, 2012
    The body care market in the Big 5 has posted fairly slow but steady growth in the past year with all countries, with the exception of France, increasing value sales. Gains have not been very dramatic but they have been gains nonetheless which proves…

  • Fragrant Times In Europe

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets April 30, 2012
    It is fair to say that the Big 5 has experienced a fragrant year in the past 12 months with all countries reporting a rise in value sales, which is extremely encouraging indeed. Women’s fragrances have always been a popular channel, and one pro…

  • Sun Care Sales Are Dim In Most of the Region

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 0207 193 7447, Fax: (44) 20 7549 8622 April 2, 2012
    These are dark days for Western Europe as all countries apart from Spain reported a decline in sun care sales. The drop may have been due to an unusually damp summer across Europe last year or it could just be that consumers are scaling back product…

  • Most Sales Fall Flat In Mens Grooming

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 0207 193 7447, Fax: (44) 20 7549 8622 March 1, 2012
    It was somewhat of a lackluster year for the male grooming category with all countries in the Big 5 reporting a very mixed bag when it came to value sales. France and Spain reported only very slender gains while the UK and Italy lost sales. The only…

  • Not A Pretty Picture in Facial Skin Care

    Katie Middleweek, European Cosmetic Markets Tel: (44) 0207 193 7447, Fax: (44) 20 7549 8622 February 10, 2012
    It hasn’t been a very good year for the facial skin care market in the Big 5, with all countries apart from Italy posting a decline in value sales. This comes as something of a shock to France, Germany, Spain and the UK, as facial skin care is…

  • Europeans Play It Safe In Personal Cleansers

    Europeans Play It Safe In Personal Cleansers

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets January 10, 2012
    It has been a mixed year for the personal cleanser sector in Europe with some Big 5 countries recording gains and others posting losses. This can be seen as quite a “utilitarian and everyday” cosmetics and toiletries category and, as su…

  • Oral Care Marketers Keep Smiling in Europe

    Oral Care Marketers Keep Smiling in Europe

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets December 1, 2011
    There have been some things to smile about during the past year in theBig 5 countries with most countries making gains in value terms. France, Germany and Spain all put in polished performances, but the UK and Italy posted losses, albeit tiny ones.…

  • Europeans Paint the Town Red As Color Cosmetic Sales Rise

    Europeans Paint the Town Red As Color Cosmetic Sales Rise

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets November 10, 2011
    It has been a bright past year for the color cosmetics market in the Big 5 as all countries, apart from Spain, made gains in value terms. In the case of France and Germany, the increases were particularly impressive, demonstrati…

  • Uncertainty and Innovation Underscore the Spa Market

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets October 18, 2011
    It was only a matter of time before European spa marketers felt the grinding effects of the recent recession. While last year’s sales results were largely positive, this year has proved to be much more of a mixed bag. France did see an incre…

  • Throughout Europe, Aesthetics Are Accessible and Acceptable

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets August 29, 2011
    The subject of aesthetics is certainly one that is growing in prominence in the Big 5 countries with all five reporting increased interest from consumers. Often consumers can simply walk into clinics in order to get procedures such as fillers and B…

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