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Revlon records 3.2% net sales increase for 2012

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Revlon today announced results for the year and the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012, with a 3.2% increase in overall net sales. Excluding unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations of $21.2 million, 2012 net sales increased by 4.8%.

"2012 was a very positive year," said Alan Ennis, Revlon’s president and CEO. "We delivered top line growth of almost 5%, reflecting the effectiveness of our strategy. From a marketplace perspective, we introduced new, innovative products, which, together with effective brand communication and strong in-store execution, drove positive performance of our Revlon-branded products in many of our key regions. Our financial performance was strong as we again maintained highly competitive margins and delivered $84 million of free cash flow. We are also very pleased with the integration and performance during the year of our SinfulColors and Pure Ice acquisitions."

The increase was primarily driven by higher net sales of Revlon color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk hair color and SinfulColors color cosmetics, as well as the inclusion of the net sales of Pure Ice, partially offset by lower net sales of fragrances and other beauty care products.

Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $391.3 million, an increase of $31.5 million, or 8.8%, compared to $359.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding unfavorable foreign currency fluctuations of $1.8 million, net sales increased by $33.3 million, or 9.3%.

“We are pleased with our performance in 2012, and as we enter 2013, we continue to focus on driving profitable growth,” Ennis concluded.

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CoverGirl launches new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

BY Jason Owen

CINCINNATI — CoverGirl, a Proctor and Gamble company, launched a new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss line created by celebrity nail stylist, Marysoul Inzerillo.

“What I love most about this nail design is that you can do it in just two simple steps, without having to add a top coat for the glossy finish we always want or having to buy nail stickers that may not last through the night,” Inzerillo said.

It only takes two easy steps using two colors from the 45 colors of the Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss collection to create the “Brave Heart” look — the combination of its “Crystal Clear” and “Lasting Love” items. You can watch and follow Inzerillo in the step-by-step video of this nail design, or check out her other videos, here.

“I always tell my clients to take advantage of the power of beautiful nails! Choosing the perfect outfit for V-day is very important, but believe it or not, both men and women pay attention to your hands and fabulous nails are the best complement to any look!” Inzerillo added.

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Oral-B introduces new rechargeable power toothbrush to U.S. market

BY Jason Owen

CINCINNATI — Oral-B announced today the newest addition to its line of Professional Series power toothbrushes: the Deep Sweep Triaction toothbrush.

The new Oral-B Deep Sweep Triaction toothbrush is the first of its kind in the United States to combine the familiar brushing motion of a manual brush with the comprehensive power of advanced triple-zone cleaning action to cover more surface area, and remove up to 100% more plaque versus a regular manual toothbrush. Furthermore, with up to 48,800 bristle movements per minute, select models of the Oral-B Deep Sweep Triaction can remove up to 76% more plaque in hard-to-reach areas versus other leading brands.

“Taking proper care of one’s teeth and gums is essential for optimal oral health,” noted Jonathan Levine, world-renowned dental expert and Oral-B partner. “I recommend Oral-B power toothbrushes to my patients because they are superior to manual brushing in removing plaque and come with a variety of features to address every patient’s brushing style.”

With its familiar, manual-shaped brush head designed to complement people’s natural, back-and-forth brushing motion, Deep Sweep Triaction has a combination of sweeping and stationary bristles, and a dynamic angled power tip that cleans effectively in hard-to-reach areas. Inspired by the dentist-recommended Bass technique, Deep Sweep Triaction’s bristles sweep perpendicular to manual brushing motion while two-level tufting makes sweeping bristles longer to ensure they reach deeply between teeth.

“We at Oral-B listen to our customers and strive to continuously provide them with the best oral care solutions,” said Rishi Dhingra, marketing director at Procter and Gamble. “Deep Sweep Triaction provides what many customers have long been looking for — the familiarity and experience of a manual brush coupled with the cleaning performance of an Oral-B power brush — and we’re excited to be able to meet that need for our customers nationwide.”

Like other Oral-B power toothbrushes, all Deep Sweep Triaction brushes feature a timer that signals at 30-second intervals to encourage thorough brushing in the four quadrants of the mouth, and at two minutes to indicate when the dental expert recommended brushing time has been reached. A pressure sensor in the brush head stops pulsations when you’re brushing too hard and Indicator bristles remind users to replace their brush head every three months, or once bristles have faded halfway.

The Deep Sweep Triaction power toothbrush is available in multiple models, including the Professional Series Deep Sweep Triaction 1000, and Professional Series Deep Sweep + Smart Guide Triaction 5000, offering consumers a choice of price points and features that best suit their needs.

Oral-B Professional Series Deep Sweep Triaction brushes will be available at department, retail and specialty stores nationwide at suggested retail prices ranging from $64.99 to $159.99.


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