Booming demand for L’Oreal’s luxury cosmetics brands like Lancome, particularly in China, helped boost the company’s first-quarter sales, offsetting a more wobbly performance in the group’s mass market division.
Clothing down. Footwear down. Health and beauty down. That was the picture of UK retail last month as ongoing bad weather meant interest in sarongs, sandals, sun cream and spring/summer fashion generally was at a low.