After successfully incorporating Molton Brown into its global business, Kao has raised its full-year sales expectations and is now looking closer to home for its next acquisition target. Thought to be one of the top contenders in the race to buy local rival Kanebo, Kao is on the verge of a move that would reform its distribution channels and boost profits even further.
This month's rundown of novel launches in the personal care industry focuses on the latest cellulite treatment products, with massage applicators and soap-impregnated sponges being touted as the latest "cures" for the skin condition. In other developments, lychee is being newly promoted as a well-being ingredient, and wasabi has found a new use as a cold remedy.
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