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With Kalina Acquisition, Unilever Becomes Skin-Care Leader In Russia

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

Unilever’s acquisition of Ekaterinburg, Russia-based Concern Kalina will bolster the firm’s personal-care positioning in Russia, making it one of the market leaders in a locale where it previously struggled.

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Integration of Alberto Culver, Kalina and Sara Lee brands pushed Unilever personal-care revenue up 11% in fiscal 2011. With those gains in the division, personal care now comprises one-third of the Anglo-Dutch firm’s total business.

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