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"Quiet innovations," or product launches that are not highly publicized, are key to building Colgate's long-term business, CEO Reuben Mark says during recent presentation at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference in New York City. Exec cites Colgate launches such as Simply White and Max Fresh toothpastes, as well as the upcoming 360° toothbrush with tongue cleaner as examples of "quiet innovations" which will continue to generate sales. Mark also reassured analysts that Colgate's global business remains strong despite the firm's recent decision to lower its earnings targets for the third and fourth quarters (1"The Rose Sheet" Sept. 27, 2004, p. 8). Colgate will continue to focus on core categories and growing market share and expects earnings per share to be $.06-$.10 next year, he adds...

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