Although Germany’s increase was substantially smaller, .2 percent increase for 2005 according to IRI, at $661 million, its sales paled in comparison to France’s $2.3 billion.
The champion of the skin care market in Europe was Italy, with a 4.8 percent growth in sales to $1.3 billion, according to trade association Unipro. The UK, however, saw a drop 0.6 percent to $900 million, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres.
Although a few of the European market saw a decline in their sales for 2005, Spain triumphed with an inflated growth rate of 19 percent. However, their growth rate in sales to $196 million, according to ACNielson, may have been influenced by their pharmaceutical sales.
-The ICMAD Digest, April 2006