Top Companies Report

The International Top 30 Report

By Tom Branna, VP/Editorial Director | July 30, 2010

It's Been a Wild Ride And It May Get Wilder

Consumer packaged goods companies such as Unilever, L’Oréal, Shiseido and Kao weathered a rough start to 2009, before settling in and posting good results for the second half of the year. Things got off to a strong start in 2010 too, as consumers appeared to regain their appetite for makeup, laundry detergents and even hard surface cleaners.

But as the year passed the halfway mark, it appears as if a lot of question marks are weighing heavily on economists’ and consumers’ minds. For example, massive sovereign debt woes in Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain have sent gyrations throughout the global economy. Meanwhile, anemic consumer spending in the U.S. has many observers wondering if the tepid economic recovery has staying power. Of course, most leaders in the household and personal products industry are quick to point out that innovative products can propel sales forward in even the choppiest economic waters. To find out more about their innovative products, sales results and in many cases, plans for 2010 and beyond, be sure to read The International Top 30 on the following pages.

Now in its 20th year, The International Top 30 provides a snapshot of the leading household and personal products companies with global headquarters outside the U.S. As in years past, Unilever leads the way with household and personal product sales in excess of $26 billion. Rounding out the top five are L’Oréal, Reckitt Benckiser, Henkel and Kao.

Companies are ranked according to sales of household, personal care and beauty products for their most recently concluded fiscal year. Sales are translated from local currency to U.S. dollars using an average exchange rate for the fiscal year reported. For privately held firms, sales are estimated via a variety of industry sources. Of course, if you are looking for results for U.S.-based companies, be sure to read The Top 50, which is available online at

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of The International Top 30, and we welcome your comments and suggestions for new companies on our list.

The International Top 30

1. Unilever
United Kingdom • $26.2 billion

2. L’Oréal
France • $24.3 billion

3. Reckitt Benckiser
United Kingdom • $12.1 billion

4. Henkel
Germany • $9.9 billion

5. Kao
Japan • $8.8 billion

6. Beiersdorf
Germany • $6.9 billion

7. Shiseido
Japan • $6.8 billion

France • $3.8 billion

9. GlaxoSmithKline
United Kingdom • $2.7 billion

9. Lion
Japan • $2.7 billion

9. Yves Rocher
France • $2.7 billion

12. Natura
Brazil • $2.1 billion

13. Kosé
Japan • $1.8 billion

13. Oriflame
Sweden • $1.8 billion

15. Chanel
France • $1.5 billion­­­

16. Clarins
France • $1.4 billion

17. Amore Pacific
South Korea • $1.3 billion

17. Puig
Spain • $1.3 billion

19. LG
South Korea • $1.2 billion

20. Pierre Fabre
France • $1.1 billion

21. Pola
Japan • $1 billion

22. PZ Cussons
United Kingdom • $963 million

23. Bolton Group
The Netherlands • $900 million

24. Sunstar
Switzerland • $753 million

25. Lornamead
United Kingdom • $696 million

26. Menard
Japan • $642 million

27. Mandom
Japan • $585 million

28. Fancl
Japan • $512 million

29. Sisley
France • $500 million

30. Colomer
Spain • $420 million
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