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First Half Profits Rise at L’Oreal

August 29, 2013

Maintains annual targets with emerging markets.

L’Oreal reported that first-half earnings rose 7.7% and confirmed its full-year targets, fueled by emerging markets. According to reports, operating income climbed to 2.04 billion euros ($2.7 billion). Operating profit as a percentage of sales reached 17.4%, a record for a six-month period.
According to the company, it is seeing expansion in developing regions such as Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The company this month agreed to buy Magic Holdings, as previously reported in Happi.

First-half sales rose 4.7% to 11.7 billion euros ($15.6 billion), according to L’Oreal.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L'Oréal, said: "Although market growth has been slightly slowing down, L'Oréal continued to demonstrate its good dynamics and recorded a solid first half. Each division and zone is growing and outperforming its market.
“The Consumer Products Division and L'Oréal Luxe are growing strongly, driven by L'Oréal Paris, Garnier, Lancôme, Giorgio Armani and Kiehl's. The Professional Products Division, still held back by a difficult market, is picking up slightly. The Active Cosmetics Division is performing very well, particularly in Western Europe, while accelerating its international roll-out.
“The trends of the Group's flagship brands are favourable, and more than ever before, our major product initiatives are really making a difference. They are enabling significant breakthroughs in Western Europe and North America. And in the New Markets, the four regions are achieving strong growth and are contributing to improve our positions.
In view of these dynamics, we remain confident in our ability to achieve another year of growth in both sales and profits."
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