This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Cosmetics and fragrances division sales increased 7% in the first half, the company reported Aug. 19. Wella said it is "very satisfied" with the success of Gucci Envy for Men, launched in April, as well as its sister fragrance, Gucci Envy for Women, which debuted worldwide in May 1997. Hair care sales climbed 11%, and sales in the professional hair division improved 8.7%. U.S. sales were "one of the most successful in the world," Wella noted, pointing to Koleston Perfect and Viva Color hair color lines as contributing factors in the increase. Sales outside Germany were up 6.9% to $882.5 mil. in the year, while Wella's domestic sales decreased 3% to $288.6 mil. Consolidated sales increased to $1.17 bil., up 4.3%. U.S. dollar figures are calculated on an exchange rate of 1.8 DM=$1...
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