The European skin care market saw only a slight increase in sales for 2005. France, the largest skin care market in Europe, posted a .7% increase for a sales total of $2.3 billion—based on data from the Federation des Industries de la Parfumerie. Germany’s increase was .2% for $661 million in sales. Italy, saw a 4.8% growth in sales to $1.3 billion, according to trade association Unipro. The UK saw a drop 0.6% to $900 million, according to Taylor Nelson Sofres. Spain triumphed with an inflated growth rate of 19% to $196 million. However, the country’s growth rate, according to ACNielson, may have been influenced by pharmaceutical sales.
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