L'Oreal: L'Oréal: News Release: "Sales at September 30th, 2013"

       L'Oreal: L'Oréal: News Release: "Sales at September 30th, 2013"

Clichy, October 30^th, 2013 at 6 p.m.

                        Sales at September 30^th, 2013

             L'Oréal continues to improveits worldwide positions

  *Sales: 17.21 billion euros

       *+6.0% at constant exchange rates

       *+4.9% like-for-like

       *+2.9% based on reported figures

  *Dynamics maintained in the New Markets

  *Solid growth in Western Europe

  *North America impacted by market slowdown and inventory reduction in

  *Confidence in a further year of growth in sales, results and

Commenting on these figures, Mr  Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and Chief  Executive 
Officer of L'Oréal, said:

"Since the start of the year, L'Oréal has been winning market share across all
divisions and  geographic  zones,  thus strengthening  its  world  number  one 
In the 3^rd quarter, demand for  the Group's products remained strong,  driven 
by major product initiatives  and their global roll-out:  Olia by Garnier  and 
Elvive by  L'Oréal Paris  in the  Consumer Products  Division, Sì  by  Giorgio 
Armani and Dreamtone by Lancôme at L'Oréal  Luxe, and Idéalia by Vichy in  the 
Active Cosmetics Division.
In Western Europe, the Group recorded solid growth, particularly in France and
Germany. In North America, Consumer  Products Division sales were affected  by 
market slowdown and  inventory reductions  in distribution  that exceeded  our 
expectations. The Group is  maintaining its good dynamics  across all the  New 
Markets, particularly in China, India, Brazil and Russia.
The economic context remains  subject to some  uncertainties about the  market 
trend, and to  the negative impact  of currencies. But  our growth  prospects, 
supported by  the  innovations and  the  globalisation of  our  major  brands, 
combined with a strategy of targeted and complementary acquisitions, enable us
to look to the future with confidence.
We confirm our targets for 2013 and  our ambition of achieving a further  year 
of growth in sales, results and profitability."

A - Sales at September 30^th, 2013

Like-for-like, i.e. based  on a  comparable structure  and identical  exchange 
rates, L'Oréal Group's sales rose +4.9%.
The net impact of changes in consolidation was +1.1%.
Currency fluctuations had a negative impact of -3.1% at September 30^th,  2013 
and -6.0%  in  the 3^rd  quarter,  due to  the  depreciation of  a  number  of 
currencies including: the US dollar, the Brazilian real, the Japanese yen, the
Indian rupee and the Argentinian peso.
Growth at constant exchange rates was  +6.0%. If current exchange rates  (i.e. 
€1=$1.38) are  extrapolated  up to  December  31^st, the  impact  of  currency 
fluctuations would be -3.8% for the whole of 2013.
Based on  reported  figures, the  group's  sales, at  September  30^th,  2013, 
amounted to 17.213 billion euros, an increase of +2.9%.

    Sales by operational division and geographic zone

                      3^rd quarter 2013           At September 30^th, 2013
                 €m            Growth            €m            Growth
                        Like-for-like Reported          Like-for-like Reported
By operational
Professional      715.8          2.9%    -2.9%  2,247.7          1.8%    -0.6%
Consumer        2,600.2          3.4%    -2.0%  8,323.2          5.3%     2.8%
L'Oréal Luxe    1,438.2          5.9%     2.7%  4,265.0          6.2%     5.3%
Active            356.0          8.5%     3.1%  1,263.1          8.0%     5.6%
Cosmetics total 5,110.3          4.4%    -0.5% 16,099.0          5.3%     3.1%
By geographic
Western Europe  1,781.2          2.6%     1.4%  5,680.1          2.0%     1.5%
North America   1,313.6          0.6%    -2.7%  4,056.8          3.8%     3.4%
New Markets, of 2,015.5          8.6%    -0.7%  6,362.1          9.4%     4.4%
-Asia,       1,053.8          8.2%    -1.2%  3,294.0          8.0%     3.0%
-Latin         455.6          8.5%    -3.1%  1,421.9         11.8%     5.2%
-Eastern       380.9          7.6%     1.1%  1,260.8          9.3%     6.3%
-Africa,       125.1         15.4%     8.1%    385.3         13.1%     8.2%
Middle East^(1)
Cosmetics total 5,110.3          4.4%    -0.5% 16,099.0          5.3%     3.1%
The Body Shop     179.9          0.1%    -5.8%    548.7          0.4%    -2.9%
Dermatology^(2)   184.9          0.0%    -3.1%    565.4          0.2%     1.1%
Group total     5,475.1          4.1%    -0.8% 17,213.2          4.9%     2.9%

(1) As of July 1^st, 2013, Turkey and Israel, which had previously been
recorded under the Africa, Middle East zone, were transferred to the Eastern
Europe zone. All figures for earlier periods have been restated to allow for
this change.

(2) Group share, i.e. 50%.

  1) Cosmetics sales


At  September  30^th,  the  Professional  Products  Division  reported   +1.8% 
like-for-like and  -0.6% based  on reported  figures. The  mature markets  are 
still difficult, particularly Southern Europe. The Division is maintaining its
dynamics in the New Markets.

  *In the  luxury haircare  segment, Kérastase  recorded another  quarter  of 
    growth. The new Couture Styling range is confirming its success.
    The good development of the haircare category is continuing, thanks to the
    successful hair oils  and the roll-out  of the Biolage  Advanced range  by 
    Matrix in the United States.
    In hair colourants,  ODS2 technology  - used  in three  of the  Division's 
    brands (L'Oréal  Professionnel, Matrix  and Redken)  - is  continuing  its 
    development. Essie,  which  is  growing  strongly,  is  strengthening  its 
    professional nailcare expert positioning thanks to the launch of Essie Gel
    in the United States.

  *In geographic  terms,  the  Division is  consolidating  its  positions  in 
    Western Europe and in the United States, in markets still affected by  the 
    lower number of  salon visits.  In the  New Markets  excluding Japan,  all 
    zones are continuing to  grow, with particularly  good figures in  Russia, 
    Brazil, South Korea, India, Indonesia and Africa, Middle East. 


The Consumer Products Division achieved sales growth at end-September of +5.3%
like-for-like, and +2.8% based on reported figures. The Division is continuing
to win market share worldwide.

  *The trends of all the Division's  brands are favourable. L'Oréal Paris  is 
    maintaining its dynamics with its  successful globalisation of Elvive.  In 
    facial skincare, the brand is accelerating its growth thanks to Revitalift
    Laser, Revitalift Miracle Blur and Age Perfect Cell Renewal.
    Garnier is  significantly reinforcing  its positions  in hair  colourants, 
    thanks to the success of Olia, now in the global roll-out phase, while  in 
    facial skincare the BB creams are continuing to recruit new consumers.
    Maybelline is posting strong performances in the lipstick and nail varnish

  *In Western Europe, the  3^rd quarter was good  for the Division. In  North 
    America, activity was affected  by inventory adjustments by  distributors, 
    but the Division  is continuing to  improve its market  shares, thanks  in 
    particular to L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare.
    Brazil, China, Turkey and the Middle East all performed well.


With a solid 3^rd quarter, L'Oréal  Luxe posted sales growth at  end-September 
of +6.2% like-for-like and  +5.3% based on reported  figures. L'Oréal Luxe  is 
gaining market share in all regions.

  *One year  after  its launch,  Lancôme  is continuing  to  enjoy  worldwide 
    success with La  Vie est Belle,  and is strengthening  its skincare  sales 
    with the renewal  of AdvancedGénifique and  the launch in  September of  a 
    particularly innovative product: Dreamtone, a pigmentation corrector.
    Giorgio Armani is maintaining its growth dynamics thanks to the launch  of 
    its new women's fragrance, Sì. Yves Saint Laurent is accelerating in  Asia 
    with Vernis à LèvresRebel  Nudes, and its new  mascara, Volume Effet  Faux 
    CilsBaby Doll.
    The three American brands Kiehl's, Clarisonic and Urban Decay are  growing 
    very strongly  across  all  continents.  Amongst  the  designer  fragrance 
    brands, Viktor&Rolf is performing strongly worldwide thanks to the success
    of Flowerbomb and  Spicebomb. Diesel  is launching  Loverdose Tattoo,  and 
    Polo Red by Ralph Lauren is a success.

  *Business remains lively in North America,  in the New Markets, and in  the 
    Travel Retail channel, where L'Oréal Luxe is gaining market share. 


At end-September,the  Active  Cosmetics  Division  is  continuing  its  strong 
growth, with  scores  of  +8.0%  like-for-like and  +5.6%  based  on  reported 

  *Trends for the major  brands are favourable:  La Roche-Posay is  recording 
    double-digit growth, with good  performances across all continents.  Vichy 
    is continuing its recovery,  with the further  development of its  Idéalia 
    franchise, boosted by the launch  of Idéalia Life Serum. SkinCeuticals  is 
    continuing its global roll-out. 

  *Overall, the Division is continuing  to gain market shares worldwide.  The 
    dynamics are particularly strong in Western Europe and Latin America.

  Multi-division summary by geographic zone


In a flat market, L'Oréal posted growth of +2.0% like-for-like and +1.5% based
on  reported  figures  at  end-September.   There  were  sharp  contrasts   in 
performances, as figures were good  in Northern Europe, while Southern  Europe 
is still proving difficult.
The Consumer Products Division is continuing to gain market shares in haircare
and  hair  colourants.  The  Active  Cosmetics  Division  recorded  very  good 
performances with its major brands, particularly
La Roche-Posay. At L'Oréal Luxe, the successes of Kiehl's and Urban Decay  are 
worth noting.


At September 30^th, L'Oréal recorded  growth of +3.8% like-for-like and  +3.4% 
based on reported figures.
The Consumer Products Division is continuing  to grow faster than the  market, 
thanks to the successful launch of  Advanced Hair Care by L'Oréal Paris,  Olia 
by  Garnier  and  Big  Eyes   by  Maybelline.  Nevertheless,  the   Division's 
performances have  been affected  by the  slowdown in  the market  and by  the 
increase in inventory reductions  by some distributors.  At L'Oréal Luxe,  the 
trends of Kiehl's, Urban Decay and Clarisonic are favourable, and Red by Ralph
Lauren has become one of the Top  3 men's fragrances. In the Active  Cosmetics 
Division, SkinCeuticals is confirming its success.


  *Asia,  Pacific:  At   end-September,  L'Oréal  posted   growth  of   +8.0% 
    like-for-like  and  3.0%  based  on  reported  figures.  Excluding  Japan, 
    like-for-like growth reached +9.2%. The market is still declining in South
    Korea and  is  slowing,  although  still  dynamic,  in  China,  India  and 
    South-East Asia.
    The Group is strengthening its positions thanks to the performances in the
    Consumer Products  Division  of Maybelline  and  L'Oréal Paris,  which  is 
    accelerating in the facial skincare and haircare categories,  particularly 
    in China. At  L'Oréal Luxe, growth  is being driven  by Lancôme,  Kiehl's, 
    Giorgio Armani  and the  roll-out of  Yves Saint  Laurent and  Clarisonic. 
    Amongst  the  countries,  Indonesia,  Hong  Kong,  India  and  China   are 
    contributing to the good performance in this zone.

  *Latin America: This zone posted  growth of +11.8% like-for-like and  +5.2% 
    based on reported figures. Brazil's  good dynamics are continuing,  thanks 
    to all the Divisions and the  Garnier, Vichy and La Roche-Posay brands  in 
    particular. The zone's sales dynamics remain positive, despite the  impact 
    of a slowdown in Mexico.

  *Eastern Europe: The zone recorded scores of +9.3% like-for-like and  +6.3% 
    based on reported  figures. In  the Consumer Products  Division, the  hair 
    colourants category is growing, thanks to  the launch of Olia, along  with 
    make-up, thanks to Volume Million Lashes Excess mascara by Maybelline. The
    Professional Products  Division  is  continuing  to  grow  thanks  to  the 
    conquest of new salons, the  innovations of L'Oréal Professionnel and  the 
    success of Matrix  in more  affordable salons. L'Oréal  Luxe meanwhile  is 
    benefitting from the good performances of Lancôme,
    Yves Saint  Laurent and  Giorgio Armani.  Turkey, Russia  and Ukraine  are 
    major contributors to growth in this zone.

  *Africa, Middle East: At end-September, sales  in this zone grew by  +13.1% 
    like-for-like and  +8.2%  based on  reported  figures. This  increase  was 
    achieved  thanks  to  the  good  performances  of  the  Consumer  Products 
    Division, of L'Oréal Luxe and to the acceleration of the Active  Cosmetics 
    Division. The countries of the Middle East (Egypt, Pakistan, the countries
    of the Levant and  Saudi Arabia) recorded strong  growth rates and  market 
    share  gains.   The  acquisition   of  the   hygiene-beauty  business   of 
    Interconsumer Products in Kenya led to a good acceleration of sales in the
    markets of Eastern Africa.

  2) The Body Shop sales

At the end of September, The Body Shop recorded +0.4% like-for-like and  -2.9% 
based on reported  figures. The  Body Shop  is performing  well in  Indonesia, 
India, Malaysia, Eastern Europe and is  affected by the countries of  Southern 
Europe and the United States.

New launches will take place in the 4^th quarter, with the new bodycare  range 
Honeymania, featuring  community  fair  trade honey  from  Ethiopia,  and  the 
fragrance White Musk Smoky Rose.

The brand is continuing the global roll-out of its new "Pulse" store  concept, 
and the development of its digital  offering. The brand now has 22  e-commerce 

At September 30^th, 2013, The Body Shop had a total of 2,849 stores.

  3) Galderma sales

Galderma's sales rose +0.2% like-for-like and +1.1% based on reported figures,
with continuing sharp contrasts between performances in the geographic zones.

Growth remains  particularly solid  in the  New Markets,  especially in  Asia, 
Pacific, Latin America  and Russia.  In the  United States,  where the  market 
remains extremely  competitive,  sales  of  prescription  products  are  still 
impacted by more intense competition  from generics. Epiduo (acne) is  however 
recording good growth  figures, while  the FDA  has approved  Mirvaso for  the 
treatment of the erythema associated with rosacea. The product was immediately
launched on the market.
Cetaphil (a hydrating and cleansing skincare range) and Loceryl (onchymycosis)
are continuing to grow strongly in the over-the-counter market.

The aesthetic  and  corrective  medical solutions  are  also  recording  solid 
advances, driven  by  the strong  growth  of Azzalure  (muscle  relaxant)  and 
Restylane (dermal filler).

B - Important events during the period 7/1/13 to 9/30/13

  *On August 15^th, 2013, L'Oréal announced its intention to acquire all  the 
    shares of Magic  Holdings Limited, a  Chinese company listed  on the  Hong 
    Kong Stock Exchange, specialising in cosmetic facial masks.*

  *On September  20^th,  2013, L'Oréal  India  announced the  acquisition  of 
    Cheryl's Cosmeceuticals, a Mumbai-based company operating in  professional 
    haircare products for beauty salons.

C - Post-closing events

  *On October 15^th, 2013, L'Oréal announced the acquisition by The Body Shop
    of a majority stake in Emporio Body Store in Brazil.

  *On October 17^th, 2013, L'Oréal announced that the Japanese group Shiseido
    had granted it  exclusive negotiation  rights for the  acquisition of  the 
    Decléor and Carita brands.

  *On October 23^rd, 2013,  L'Oréal announced the sustainability  commitments 
    the Group has set itself for 2020: "Sharing Beauty with All".

* This paragraph is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part  of, 
any offer to sell or subscribe for  or an invitation to purchase or  subscribe 
for any  securities  or  the solicitation  of  any  vote or  approval  in  any 
jurisdiction pursuant to the above mentioned proposal or otherwise, nor  shall 
there be  any sale,  issuance  or transfer  of  securities of  Magic  Holdings 
International Limited in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable  law. 
The proposal, if made, will be made solely through the Scheme Document,  which 
will contain the full terms and conditions of the proposal, including  details 
of how to vote in  favour of the proposal  and restrictions applicable to  the 
proposal. Any response to  the proposal, acceptance  included, should be  made 
only on the basis of information in the Scheme Document or any other  document 
by which the Proposal is made, as the case may be.

"This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation  of 
an offer  to buy  L'Oréal shares.  If you  wish to  obtain more  comprehensive 
information about L'Oréal, please refer to the public documents registered  in 
France with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers, also available in English  on 
our Internet site www.loreal-finance.com.
This news release  may contain some  forward-looking statements. Although  the 
Company considers that these statements are based on reasonable hypotheses  at 
the date of publication of this release,  they are by their nature subject  to 
risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ  materially 
from those indicated or projected in these statements."

This is a free translation into English  of the press release of the Sales  at 
September 30^th, 2013 issued in the French language and is provided solely for
the convenience  of English  speaking  readers. In  case of  discrepancy,  the 
French version prevails.

Contacts at L'Oréal (switchboard: +33147567000)

Individual shareholders and market authorities
Mr Jean Régis CAROF
Tel: +33 1 47 56 83 02

Financial analysts and Institutional investors
Mrs Françoise LAUVIN
Tel: +33 1 47 56 86 82

Tel: +33 1 47 56 76 71

For  more  information,  please  contact   your  bank,  broker  or   financial 
institution (I.S.I.N. code: FR0000120321), and consult your usual  newspapers, 
and    the     Internet    site     for    shareholders     and     investors, 
http://www.loreal-finance.com, or call +33 1 40 14 80 50.

D - Appendix

L'Oréal group sales 2012/2013 (€ millions)

                         2012    2013
First quarter:
Cosmetics                5,309    5,593
The Body Shop              180      182
Dermatology                154      157
First quarter total   5,643    5,932
Second quarter:
Cosmetics                5,162    5,396
The Body Shop              194      187
Dermatology                215      224
Second quarter total  5,570    5,806
First half:
Cosmetics               10,471   10,989
The Body Shop              374      369
Dermatology                368      381
First half total     11,213 11,738 
Third quarter:
Cosmetics                5,137    5,110
The Body Shop              191      180
Dermatology                191      185
Third quarter total   5,519    5,475
Nine months:
Cosmetics               15,608   16,099
The Body Shop              565      549
Dermatology                559      565
Nine months total    16,732   17,213
Fourth quarter:
Cosmetics                5,204
The Body Shop              290
Dermatology                236
Fourth quarter total  5,730
Full year
Cosmetics               20,812
The Body Shop              855
Dermatology                796
Full year total      22,463

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