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Energizer Holdings reports surge in personal care sales

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS Energizer Holdings announced on Monday that wet shave and infant care fueled personal care sales during the second quarter.

In personal care, net sales for the quarter on a constant currency basis were up $11.9 million, or 2%, during the quarter. Including the impact of unfavorable currency translation, net sales were $463.3 million, down $13.5 million, versus $476.8 million in the year-ago period.

Wet shave net sales increased 7% because of growth in disposables and the launch of Quattro for Women Trimmer. The gains were partially offset by lower sales of men’s systems as the prior-year quarter included the launch of Quattro Trimmer razors; additionally, this year?s quarter includes higher promotional spending against the Quattro men’s franchise.

Infant care sales rose 8% thanks to growth in Diaper Genie Elite, disposable bottles and new soothing products.

However, feminine care and skin care sales partially offset the gains in wet shave and infant care. Feminine care sales slipped 3% as lower sales of Gentle Glide, due to increased competitive activity, were only partially offset by continued strong sales growth of Sport. Skin care sales decreased 6% due primarily to an unfavorable prior season sun care returns adjustment of $3 million in 2009 as compared with an equally favorable adjustment in the same period last year.

Segment profit for the quarter was $100.9 million, up $3.7 million, compared with $97.2 million in the year-ago period.

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ASDS premieres Skin Self Exam Kit on Facebook

BY Michael Johnsen

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. In recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the increasing incidence of skin cancer in the United States, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery on Tuesday created a free Skin Self Exam kit available on the Society’s Facebook site.

“Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the second most common cancer affecting women aged 20 to 29,” stated Robert Weiss, president of the ASDS. “The 5-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads is 99%; therefore, it’s critical that consumers perform regular self-skin exams. Through Facebook, the ASDS is pleased to provide young women and men who are at highest risk for skin cancer with resources that could potentially save their lives.”

The kit and site were created to educate younger audiences about the potential dangers of skin cancer and the importance of early detection methods.

The ASDS’ SSE kit includes instructions on how to properly monitor and measure suspicious moles and other lesions. The kit, available on the ASDS’ Facebook site, provides consumers with statistics and background information about skin cancer, instructions for completing a thorough self-skin exam, and examples of what to look for when monitoring moles and freckles for the ABCDE’s of melanoma: asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter and evolving (changes to a mole’s size or coloring). To track mole locations and changes to the skin, the ASDS has provided consumers with a 12-month journal, which includes a diagram of the body.

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Halle Berry auctions bracelet to benefit victims of domestic violence

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Actress and beauty icon Halle Berry is auctioning off a hand-carved rose gold cuff bracelet that was designed exclusively for her to wear in the ad campaign for her debut fragrance, Halle by Halle Berry. The net proceeds generated by the auction will be donated to the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program.

“The Jenesse Center is an organization that is very close to my heart,” Berry stated. “Their work makes a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children and I am proud to support such a worthy cause by auctioning off this beautiful bracelet.”

The cuff bracelet was designed by Gara Danielle and was worn by Halle on the set at the making of her fragrance campaign in Oahu, Hawaii. Made from 14K rose gold plate over sterling silver, the adjustable cuff is valued at $4,000. Bidding is taking place at charitybuzz.com.

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