L’Oréal third quarter results: 6.8% growth this year

By Lucy Whitehouse

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L’Oréal third quarter results: 6.8% growth this year
Sales the global beauty giant have reached 19.86 billion euros, on the back of 6.8% like-for-like growth for the first nine months of 2018.

The company says the strong performance was particularly due to its L’Oréal Luxe and Active Cosmetics divisions.

“In a beauty market that continues to accelerate, driven by robust growth in skincare, the Group maintains its strong momentum, with contrasted performances between the Divisions​,” explains Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal.

Luxe, Active and digital leading the growth

The key realities in the current sales results report include the following:

  • L’Oréal Luxe is showing dynamic growth, underpinned in particular by its four biggest brands, Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani and Kiehl’s.

  • The Active Cosmetics Division, which continues to post double-digit growth, is being driven worldwide by consumer aspirations for dermocosmetics and the quality of its brand portfolio. The Consumer Products Division is held back by persistent difficulties in some countries. The L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline New York brands are however maintaining their good momentum.

  • The performance of the Professional Products Division, which is continuing its transformation, is stable.

  • This quarter also confirms the power of our major global brands, which are delivering an excellent performance at a time when the offer in beauty products is particularly rich.

Further to these, it seems that digital and e-commerce are key drivers in the growth seen by L’Oréal.

The acceleration in the growth of the Group, combined with that of the market, is also the result of L’Oréal’s lead in digital beauty, particularly in e-commerce, which has grown by +38.3%1 and represents 9.7% of sales​,” explains Agon.

The company head says that L’Oréal is confident, on the back of these results, of reaching its predictions for the full year.

Overall, L’Oréal’s good performance during the quarter and in the first nine months reinforces our confidence in the dynamism of the cosmetics market and in our ability to outperform it, in order to achieve significant like-for-like sales growth this year, together with an increase in our profitability​,” he confirms.

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