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Ulta Beauty posts Q2 results

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Ulta Beauty experienced an increase in second-quarter same-store sales and net income as it continues to move forward with its multiyear growth strategy.

“We are very pleased to report excellent results for the second quarter. The team drove strong sales and profit growth by continuing to focus on the five components of our multiyear growth strategy: accelerating store growth; introducing new products, services and brands; enhancing our loyalty program; broadening our marketing reach; and increasing our digital focus with Ulta.com. Second-quarter highlights include strong new-store productivity and solid execution of our accelerated new store program,” stated Chuck Rubin, president and CEO.

Rubin said he is pleased with the progress of the rollout of the 50 additional Lancôme boutiques it announced last quarter, and announced the addition of Clinique boutiques in 35 additional stores in light of the success of the 13 stores currently offering Clinique. Its loyalty program reached the milestone of 10 million active customers with 50% of the stores now on the new points program.

Net sales for the quarter ended July 28 rose 22.1% to $481.7 million. Same-store sales increased 9.3%.

Net income increased 46.4% to $35.0 million compared with $23.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Income per diluted share increased 42.1% to 54 cents compared with 38 cents in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

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Elizabeth Arden, recording artist Nicki Minaj launch Pink Friday fragrance

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Pop star Nicki Minaj is launching at retail in September her first fragrance, Pink Friday, in partnership with Elizabeth Arden.

Her recently released, worldwide platinum, second consecutive No. 1 album is entitled "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." The album has garnered tremendous reaction and has climbed to the top of the charts, debuting at No. 1 in the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The first single, “Starships,” has sold more than 3.2 million downloads to date, holding the record for spending the most consecutive weeks in the Billboard U.S. Top 10. Her previous album, "Pink Friday," debuted in 2010.

A natural progression in her blossoming beauty empire, Pink Friday is Minaj’s first and signature scent. The fragrance mixes complementary playful and sultry notes of fruits, vanilla and musks.

Partnering with Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal and The Media Kitchen for media planning and social media initiatives, the communications platform entails a blend of public relations, TV, print, digital and social media.

In close collaboration, the team designed a launch campaign that would translate her persona to her fragrance through a mix of paid, owned and earned media. Throughout the year, Nickiminajbeauty.com, the fragrance site built by Spies and Assassins, will house various fan experiences that live both online and offline. The campaign features a mix of traditional and emerging media and will launch with print ads in beauty magazines and an extensive digital campaign.

The fragrance will be sold at retailers nationwide, including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Belk, Bon-Ton, Boscov’s and other department stores.

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3M introduces Filtrete water filtration products

BY Allison Cerra

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M has expanded its Filtrete brand to include new water filtration products.

3M said Filtrete — which initially carried air filtration products for heating and cooling systems — now touts a water filtration products line that includes four different filtration levels and three types of installed systems, so homeowners can customize their selections based on their water filtration needs.

"Each family’s water filtration needs differ, and we set out to develop this new line of products to ensure we’re meeting those varying needs," 3M new products marketing manager Gretchen Hauble said. "The new line of Filtrete water filtration products also allow for simple do-it-yourself installation and maintenance with easy one-quarter turn filter changes — no tools needed."

The new plumbed-in systems, replacement filters and accessories currently are available at Walmart stores nationwide and can also be purchased online.

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