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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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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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Nine Naturals to launch hair care line for expecting mothers

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO Nine Naturals has introduced a natural hair care line for expecting mothers that is rolling out this month to parenting boutiques, select grocery stores and specialty retailers.

The line, dubbed Oh Baby!, is free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and DEA. For beauty, the all-natural products are made with essential plant oils, organic aloe and B5. According to the company, it can create products with nine or fewer ingredients by sourcing premium ingredients.

To help expecting moms fight fatigue, the products have natural aromatic oils.

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