FRANKFURT Aug 2 Germany's Beiersdorf,
the maker of Nivea skin care products, increased its outlook for
2012 profits as emerging markets made up for a 4 percent fall in
sales at its main consumer products division in western Europe.
Beiersdorf, which also makes Labello lip balm and La Prairie
luxury skin creams, said on Thursday first-half sales rose 2.6
percent to 3.06 billion euros ($3.76 billion) and adjusted
earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 11.6 percent to 390
It said it expected sales to rise by 3 percent in 2012 and
forecast an operating margin of 12 percent, compared with a
previous range of between 11 and 12 percent.
Local rival Henkel on Wednesday said it was
countering a slump in southern Europe with price rises and cost
cuts, and that emerging markets were performing well, echoing
comments from Unilever.