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L’Occitane sales boosted by LimeLife acquisition

Hong Kong-listed, Luxembourg-headquartered beauty products retailer L’Occitane has reported healthy sales growth on the back of a key acquisition.

Same-store L’Occitane sales in Hong Kong rose 18.6 per cent on a currency-neutral basis in the six months to September 30, and by 14.1 per cent in Mainland China.

Chairman Reinold Geiger said the Hong Kong growth was primarily driven by “dynamic” travel retail sales.

But that was far less dramatic than the 65.8 per cent boom in the US, driven by the LimeLife by Alcone business which became part of L’Occitane in January, and the continued recovery of the core L’Occitane en Provence brand.

Global group sales rose 8.6 per cent at reported rates and 12.4 per cent at constant exchange rates. After excluding the LimeLife business, like-for-like sales growth rose 4.9 per cent, which was higher than the 3.6 per cent of the first quarter.

Global L’Occitane sales reached €595.4 million for the six months. It finished the period with 1555 of its own stores.

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