Unilever had upbeat news on Thursday. Despite currency effects sending its turnover down overall, it released Q3 figures that showed underlying sales growth (USG) of 4.4%, and prestige beauty was buoyant.
The list of potential bidders for Debenhams has got smaller with news that deep-pocketed Reliance Retail has dropped out. It's also been suggested that the owner of its Oxford Street store wants to break the lease.
Sales at Maybelline maker L’Oréal fell more sharply than expected in the second quarter, though the French beauty giant managed to contain any major profit erosion as the COVID-19 pandemic forced stores to close.
French luxury group Kering's Q2 comp sales plunged by 43.7% due to the coronavirus. Gucci comp sales fell 45% and Saint Laurent 48%, but recovering Bottega Veneta contained the drop in revenue to only 24.4%
LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group, said sales momentum picked up in June and had especially improved in China, after store closures sparked by the pandemic tore a hole in the Louis Vuitton owner’s Q2 sales.
Swiss travel retail giant Dufry AG on Wednesday launched a restructuring programme designed to cut its staff costs as it works to protect its business following the effects of the coronavirus outbreak globally.