Armani quashes rumours over L'Oreal bid

By staff reporter

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Giorgio armani, L'oréal, Milan

Leading fashion house Giorgio Armani denies that it has received
any offer from L'Oreal to take a stake in the business, refuting
rumours in the Italian press.

Italian newspaper Milano Finanza (MF) had reported that L'Oreal was in negotiations to make an investment in the business, but Armani spokeperson Robert Triefus has told Reuters news agency that the report 'is pure speculation'. The world's largest cosmetics company completed several acquisitions during 2007 and looks set to continue in the same vein this year with high sales growth inflating a war chest that could prove vital to the company's future growth. In the original report MF did not explain how it obtained the information regarding the future ownership of Giorgio Armani, stating only that L'Oreal is currently working on the deal. L'Oreal already produces perfumes under the Giorgio Armani brand. Milan-based Giorgio Armani is worth between €3.5bn ($5.2bn) and €5bn, according to the Italian newspaper. While L'Oreal did not complete any acquisitions on the scale of Sanolflore and the Body Shop in 2007, it made a number of significant acquisitions. In the past six months, the company has bought Maly's West, the third largest beauty salon distributor in the US, in a bid to increase its foothold in the US salon hair care market after adding the professional hair care supplier Beauty Alliance to its portfolio last April. Most recently, L'Oreal acquired the hair care specialist Canan in an attempt to tap into the growing cosmetics market in Turkey. L'Oreal's sales for the first nine months of 2007 were $12.6bn, an increase of 7.7 per cent on the year before.

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