Avon’s Ugly China Bribery Probe Ends With a $135 Million Settlement

Cosmetics and skin-care products for sale in an Avon store in Shanghai Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Photo

Avon, the cosmetics maker with door-to-door saleswomen, once had high hopes for China. In 2006 it was among the first companies to obtain a license to sell its products directly to Chinese consumers. Andrea Jung, the chief executive officer at the time, believed China could be a $1 billion market for Avon.

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