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Old Spice Presents Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller As Brand Ambassador

Old Spice named Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller as brand ambassador for its Hardest Working Collection line of antiperspirants and deodorants. According to the brand, Miller fits perfectly Old Spice's theme as the “manliest grooming brand on the planet.” Old Spice's Hardest Working Collection range includes the Sweat Defense Anti-Perspirant, Odor Blocker Anti-Perspirant, and Dirt Destroyer Body Wash.

"Old Spice Names NFL Super Bowl MVP Von Miller as New Old Spice Guy to Represent the Legendary Performance of the Hardest Working Collection", Procter & Gamble, August 23, 2016

Gillette Sees Drops In Profit And Net Sales In 4Q FY 2016

Gillette India said net profit dropped 35.42 percent to Rs 46.90 crore for the fourth quarter ending June 30, 2016, compared with Rs 72.63 in the same quarter in 2015. Net sales also declined 5.66 percent to Rs 509.30 crore, compared with Rs 539.86 crore from the previous year. Revenue from its grooming business rose 8.65 percent to Rs 416 crore, while oral care dropped 28.42 percent to Rs 93.69.

"Gillette Posts 35% Fall In Q4 Profit", NDTV , August 23, 2016

Unilever Says To Start Cuba Operations In 2017

Unilever said it plans to start operating in Cuba in 2017, following the government’s approval of a joint venture with state-owned company Intersuchel. Unilever-Suchel SA will build a $35-million soap and toothpaste factory in Cuba’s special development zone west of Havana. Unilever will own 60 percent of the joint venture.

"Unilever to open up shop in Cuba in 2017",, August 22, 2016

Shiseido Names Kathy Cullin General Manager Of Bare Escentuals US

Shiseido Co., Ltd.’s subsidiary, Shiseido Americas Corporation, said it has appointed Kathy Cullin as general manager of its Bare Escentuals US unit. Effective August 22, 2016, Cullin’s appointment includes membership in Bare Escentuals’ Senior Leadership team. Previously senior vice president for Prestige Fragrances and philosophy for Coty’s Americas business, Cullin will take charge of the commercial business and customer experience of the bareMinerals and Buxum Beauty brands in the US market.

"Shiseido Announces Appointment of Kathy Cullin as General Manager of Bare Escentuals US", Business Wire, August 22, 2016

Estee Lauder Posts Strong Sales And Revenue Gains In 4Q And FY 2016

Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., reported net sales increased 5 percent to $2.65 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2016, compared with $2.52 billion in the same quarter of the previous year. Net earnings for the quarter were $93.5 million, compared with $153 million from the previous year. Net sales for the whole year were $11.26 billion, an increase of 4 percent from the $10.78 billion in the previous year. According to the company, net earnings for the year rose 2 percent to $1.11 billion, compared with $1.09 billion in FY 2015.

"The Estée Lauder Companies Delivers Strong Fiscal Year 2016 Results", Estée Lauder, August 19, 2016

European Commission Approves Shiseido's Purchase Of Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Line

Shiseido’s acquisition of Italian fashion company Dolce & Gabbana’s lineup of beauty-care products has been approved by the European Commission, after determining the proposed deal would not cause anti-competitive issues. French company Beaute Prestige International, controlled by Shiseido, will buy Dolce & Gabbana’s global licenses for fragrances, color cosmetics, and skincare products. This will let Shiseido develop, make, and sell products under the Italian brand.

"EU approves Shiseido takeover of Dolce & Gabbana beauty range", Europe Online , August 19, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Launches Fragrance With Virtual Reality Experience Featuring Kate Moss

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury launched a virtual-reality-enabled marketing campaign to promote the launch of her first fragrance, Scent of a Dream. Featuring supermodel Kate Moss, the VR campaign was created in partnership with content production studio Happy Finish and film director Antoine Wagner. Reportedly the first of its kind, the campaign was shot using the Nokia OZO VR camera.

"Charlotte Tilbury Launches World's First 360° Virtual Reality Experience Starring Kate Moss", Little Black Book, August 19, 2016

Himalaya Drug Launches Line Of Herbal Mouthwashes

Himalaya Drug Company launched a line of mouthwashes that are alcohol-free and made of natural ingredients, such as pomegranate, pineapple, and papaya. Complementing the company's line of toothpastes, the mouthwashes are available in three variants: Himalaya Complete Care Mouthwash for healthy gums, Himalaya Active Fresh Mouthwash, and Himalaya Sparkling White Mouthwash.

"Himalaya launches new range of mouthwashes", India Infoline News Service , August 19, 2016

L'Oreal USA Joins U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership

L’Oreal USA said it has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, which acknowledges the company as one of the leading green power users in the country. According to the company, it is using almost 27 million kilowatt-hours of environment-friendly power yearly, enough to meet 33 percent of its electricity requirements. Most of its green power comes from on-site solar power installations and those supplied by utility firms. Its growing adoption of green power is part of the company’s Sharing Beauty with All sustainability initiative, which seeks to reduce its carbon dioxide emission in the US by 60 percent by 2020, compared with its 2005 levels.

"EPA Recognizes L'Oréal USA Among Nation's Leading Green Power Users", L'Oréal, August 18, 2016

Court Rules HUL's Fair & Lovely Patent Part Of Public Domain

Hindustan Unilever's patent for the formulation of its Fair & Lovely fairness cream has expired, according to the Madras High Court. According to the court ruling, the process technology is now part of the public domain and anybody can use it. Also, the court ruling ends the legal dispute between HUL and CavinKare, maker of rival fairness cream Fairever.

"Fair & Lovely is now fair game for all", Financial Express, August 18, 2016

Procter & Gamble Names U.S. Olympic Champion Gymnast Crest And Orgullosa Ambassador

Procter & Gamble named U.S. Olympic gymnastics gold and silver medalist Laurie Hernandez as ambassador for the Crest oral care brand and the Orgullosa Latina-empowerment program. As part of the campaign, Hernandez and her mother will appear on August 19, 2016, at the company's Family Home in Rio. Hernandez is the first U.S.-born Latina to make it to the U.S. women's gymnastics team since 1984.

"Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Champion, Joins the P&G Family as Crest® and Orgullosa Ambassador", Procter & Gamble, August 18, 2016

Coty Reports Slight Net Revenue Decline In FY 2016

Coty Inc. reported net revenue declined 1 percent to $4.349 billion in fiscal year 2016, with operating income dropping 36 percent to $254.2 million from the previous year. Adjusted operating income increased 3 percent to $622.9 million, compared with the previous year. Reported net income declined 33 percent to $156.9 million, while adjusted net income rose 19 percent to $485.2 million. For the fourth quarter of FY 2016, net revenue rose 6 percent to $1.075 billion as reported, and decreased 1 percent like-for-like. Reported operating loss improved from $23.4 million in the previous year to $2.9 million in FY 2016. Adjusted operating income rose 19 percent to $94.2 million, compared with $79.2 million in the previous year.

"Coty Inc. Reports Fiscal 2016 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results", Coty, August 16, 2016

SC Johnson Receives Honor As 2016 Best Multinational Workplace In Brazil

SC Johnson said it has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as a 2016 Best Multinational Workplace in Brazil. According to the company, it was ranked number 3 on the list of Best Medium-sized Multinational Workplaces. In the four years the list has been published, this year marks the third time the company has earned the recognition.

"SC Johnson Brazil Named Best Multinational Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute", SC Johnson , August 16, 2016

Carolina Herrera Launches Good Girl Perfume With Campaign Daring Girls To Be Bad

Carolina Herrera introduced its Good Girl brand of perfume by launching a campaign featuring fashion model Karlie Kloss. As part of the campaign, Kloss appears on a video portraying a Good Girl as somebody who does not feel guilty for “disturbances” caused by her appearance. Also, a website features additional information about the brand.

"Carolina Herrera Fragrance Effort Dares Good Girls To Try Bad Decisions", Luxury Daily, August 16, 2016

Dove Launches Searching Phase Of Real Beauty Campaign In Australia

Unilever's skincare brand Dove launched the Searching edition of its Dove Campaign for Real Beauty global marketing campaign in Australia. According to the company, the campaign aims to highlight that online search queries by young girls about negative body images, cosmetic surgery, and eating disorder are increasing. Unilever senior brand manager Tessa Black said the campaign also aims to ensure that today's young girls will grow with positive views of how they look.

"Dove Takes Real Beauty Campaign in Search of Self-Esteem Australia", BrandChannel, August 15, 2016

New Innovation Center Helps Walmart Fine-Tune New Product Launches

It’s important for Walmart to get its grocery offerings just right, because grocery accounts for 56 percent of sales. To accomplish that, the company has opened a 12,000 ft2 culinary and innovation center in Arkansas outfitted with 10 kitchens, including replicas of in-store bakery and deli kitchens, as well as stoves, ovens and microwaves like those found in customer homes. A sensory lab provides staff with food and beverage feedback from customers and employees on topics like texture, saltiness, and sweetness. The company shares findings with suppliers, saving money and shortening product launch times.

"A Look At Wal-Mart's Food Lab, Aimed At Developing New Items", Associated Press, August 12, 2016

Spending Trends Make Some Retail Sectors Skittish

Retail sales in the U.S. were sluggish in July, especially among clothing and electronic goods vendors, where shopping is shifting from brick-and-mortar stores to the Internet. It’s not because American consumers aren’t spending. After all, unemployment is down, income is up, and energy prices remain low. U.S. households have increased spending every quarter since the end of 2009. But there has been a shift in where Americans spend, toward entertainment, travel and healthcare -- and online. The experts don’t seem alarmed. One economist said the news signals “a pause in a good pace of spending”, while a global forecaster expects a 2.6 percent gain in gross domestic product this quarter over a year earlier. Still some sectors have... More

"Where We Spend Is Upending Traditional Retail", The Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2016

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Sephora Opens First Beauty TIP Workshop Store In Toronto

Beauty retailer Sephora opened its first Canadian Beauty TIP Workshop store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. One of the company’s four stores in North America featuring its Teach, Inspire, Play concept, the retail location will feature digital technology combined with services to offer a “truly revolutionary” shopping experience for consumers. Part of Sephora’s efforts to ramp up marketing for the Greater Toronto Area, the store has been renovated based on what the company views as a next-generation environment promoting discovery and innovation.

"Sephora redefines the future of Canadian beauty retail with a new concept store in Toronto", CNW, August 19, 2016

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