L'Oreal reports Q1 sales EUR5.64B vs. EUR5.77B a year ago The company said, “L’Oréal has made an encouraging start to the year. The divisions have posted contrasted performances: L’Oréal Luxe and the Active Cosmetics Division are maintaining their very good momentum. The Professional Products Division is confirming its recovery and has returned to growth in Western Europe and the United States. The Consumer Products Division is, as we had forecast and announced, being held back by North America, because of a high comparison base in the first quarter of 2013, linked to two major launches, and a sluggish trend in the mass-market channel over the first few months of the year."
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