BEAUTY CARE

P&G reports 9 percent growth for Q1 2009

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble announced on Oct. 29 that first quarter net sales rose 9 percent $22 billion, while volume grew 2 percent driven in part by double-digit growth of Gillette Fusion, Head & Shoulders and Cover Girl.

“This quarter was yet another example of the strength of P&G’s balanced brand and geographic portfolio,” chairman and chief executive officer A.G. Lafley said. “We continue to focus on delighting consumers with trusted household and personal care products that consumers purchase weekly and use daily gives me continuing confidence P&G will deliver target growth over the long term, even in a challenging economic environment.”

Net sales for the quarter rose 9 percent to $22 billion. Price increases added 3 percent to net sales, according to P&G, and a favorable foreign exchange contributed 5 percent to sales growth. Disproportionate growth in developing regions and product mix shifts drove a negative 1 percent mix impact on sales. Organic sales rose 5 percent for the quarter.

Net earnings increased 9 percent to $3.3 billion and diluted net earnings per share rose 12 percent to $1.03 for the quarter.

In beauty, net sales rose 12 percent during the quarter to $5.1 billion. Globally, all major retail hair care brands contributed to volume growth led by mid-single digit growth of Pantene and double-digit growth of Head & Shoulders and Rejoice. This was partially offset by a low-single digit decline in professional hair care. Cosmetics volume grew double-digits behind continued growth of Cover Girl. Skin care volume grew low-single digits due to double-digit growth of SK-II. Earnings grew 9 percent during the quarter to $754 million.

In grooming, net sales were up 6 percent to $2.1 billion. Blades and razors volume grew low-single digits as double-digit growth of Gillette Fusion and high-single digit growth of Venus were mostly offset by declines in legacy shaving systems. Net earnings increased 6 percent to $478 million during the quarter.

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Alberto Culver reports record sales for Q4 2008

BY Antoinette Alexander

MELROSE PARK, Ill. Alberto Culver, whose brands include TRESemme, Alberto V05, Nexxus and St. Ives, reported record sales and pre-tax earnings from continuing operations for its fourth quarter and fiscal year.

“We are very pleased to have completed another year of record sales and pre-tax earnings growth for Alberto Culver and our shareholders. Despite soft hair care category trends in key markets like the United States and the U.K., we were able to generate high single-digit organic revenue growth in both the quarter and the year,” president and chief executive officer V. James Marino said. “In the fourth quarter, we also successfully completed the divestiture of Cederroth International and, on Oct. 1, acquired Noxzema, adding an iconic, well-known skin care brand to our portfolio.”

As a result of the Cederroth International divestiture, continuing operations exclude the results for Cederroth.

In the fourth quarter, net sales increased 7.3 percent to $386 million from $359.7 million in the year-ago period.

Pre-tax income from continuing operations increased 20.2 percent to $45.4 million from $37.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Excluding restructuring of $1.6 million in the current quarter and $1.1 million in the prior year quarter, pre-tax earnings from continuing operations increased 21 percent to $47 million compared with $38.9 million in the year-ago period.

Fiscal fourth-quarter profit from continuing operations was $20.2 million, or 20 cents per share, compared with $29.4 million, or 29 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

For the fiscal year, net sales increased 9.7 percent to $1.44 billion from $1.32 billion.

Pre-tax income from continuing operations, which includes restructuring and discrete items of $7.3 million in the current year and $33.1 million in the prior year, increased to $170.8 million from $100.8 million in the prior year. Excluding restructuring and discrete items, pre-tax earnings from continuing operations increased 33 percent to $178.1 million compared with $133.9 million in the year-ago period.

Earnings from continuing operations were $106 million compared with $72.6 million in the year-ago period. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations increased to $1.05 from 74 cents in the year-ago period.

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Celeb stylist, Kate Hudson collaborate on WildAid hair care line

BY Antoinette Alexander

LOS ANGELES Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii and actress Kate Hudson have announced the launch of retail partnerships with select Target, CVS and Duane Reade stores for the David Babaii for WildAid hair care line beginning this fall.

International distribution of the eco-friendly line is slated for 2009.

“We are thrilled to work with Target, CVS and Duane Reade since they provide consumers with an opportunity to buy professional grade products at cost effective prices,” Babaii said.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Hudson and Babaii teamed up to develop the hair care line, and a percentage of the revenue benefits the global wildlife conservation organization WildAid.

WildAid works with governments and communities of the world to reverse the devastation to the planet’s wildlife. Their mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade and allow threatened species to recover to safe levels. The non-profit organization is based in San Francisco with representation in China, India, Galapagos, London and New York.

Made with a blend of natural ingredients, the products are free of sulfates, parabens, animal products and animal testing.

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