Dumpster Raids? That's Not Very Ladylike, Avon

Since Mary Kay Corp. first approached Avon Products Inc. about a merger three years ago, Avon's sleuths have been digging for dirt. Sources close to Dallas-based Mary Kay, best known for the pink Cadillacs it awards star salespeople, say Avon's operatives have grilled associates of top officers, followed execs overseas, and spread harmful rumors about Avon's chief rival in direct sales of beauty products. Nonsense, says Avon.

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