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Q3 slips for Revlon, but company looks forward to future

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Beauty company Revlon announced on Thursday a 2.2% dip in net sales as net income narrowed during the third quarter, but executives remained optimistic as the manufacturer gears up for 2011 with a new global chief marketing officer in place.

"We remain focused on delivering profitable net sales growth in all of our markets. We recently strengthened our senior management team, including the appointment of Julia Goldin as global chief marketing officer. Under Julia’s leadership, coupled with our competitive pipeline of consumer-preferred new products planned for 2011 and beyond, we see a tremendous opportunity to further integrate marketing strategy and execution across all brands and regions," stated Alan Ennis, Revlon president and CEO.

Net sales during the quarter ended Sept. 30 slipped 2.2% to $319 million. Net income totaled $12.5 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, compared with $23.1 million, or 45 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period. In the United States, net sales during the quarter were $166.7 million, a decrease of 9.3%. The drop in sales primarily was driven by Revlon color cosmetics and Almay color cosmetics.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Revlon announced in September the appointment of Julia Goldin as SVP and global chief marketing officer, overseeing all marketing activities for its portfolio of brands. She brings more than 20 years of experience within the consumer packaged goods business, beginning her marketing career at Quaker Oats in Chicago. She then spent 13 years with the Coca-Cola Co. where she held senior executive marketing positions in the United States, Europe and Asia, most recently as SVP and deputy chief marketing officer of Coca-Cola Japan. Prior to that, Goldin led Coca-Cola’s marketing in the United Kingdom and later in Northwest Europe.

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WSJ: OPI may be looking to sell

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK There’s talk that nail polish company OPI Products is looking to sell itself for at least $900 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

OPI reportedly is in discussions with several parties, including Coty and private-equity firm Bain Capital, according to WSJ, which cited "people familiar with the matter."

Harris Shepard Public Relations, which represents OPI, stated: "The rumors about the sale of OPI have persisted for years. Other than that, [we] have no comment. Thank you."

WSJ reported that Bain didn’t respond to its request for a comment, and Coty stated that it "had no news to report at this time."

Citing Euromonitor International data, WSJ reported that OPI’s products held roughly 6% of the U.S. market last year.

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Coming to a Walmart near you: Justin Bieber’s My World line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Pop star Justin Bieber has teamed up with Etoile Nation Beauty to develop a collection of fragrance-infused accessories that will be sold at Walmart.

 

The My World collection includes collectible wristbands and dog tags infused with a fragrance selected by Bieber. Top notes of bergamot, lychee and pomegranate create a unisex scent. For an encore performance: cedar glimmers against a backdrop of musk, creating the signature scent.

 

There are four Bieber-inspired designs:

  • Icon: Uses symbols to represent his lifestyle and the youth culture he influences;
  • Energy: Captures the excitement of a Bieber My World concert, with graphics inspired by the classic Bieber pose;
  • Tour: A perfect concert memento with featured tour cities; and
  • Web: Imagery from his personal homepage.

 

 

My World is slated to hit Walmart shelves on Black Friday. The suggested retail price is $10.

 

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