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Beauty Salon Listings Drop 42% in Post-Katrina New Orleans

According to the Associated Press, the New Orleans telephone book recently came out post-Hurricane Katrina, and the "Beauty Salon" listings in the Yellow Pages declined 42% from 541 individual businesses to 316.


Natural Cosmetics Booming in France

Natural cosmetic sales are booming in France, increasing 40% in 2005, according to Organic Monitor, a business research and consulting company. Due to growing awareness of chemicals in products, consumers are shying away from traditional staples and opting for natural toiletries, makeup and hair care. A new study by Organic Monitor shows that sales are continuing to rise in 2006. In addition, with more than 1,700 choices on the market, organic products account for about one-fourth of all natural cosmetic sales.


Sales Slump For European Skin Care

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.


The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Receives National Award

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun recently received the 2005 National Quality Award from Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada. 998-881-0808


Alberto-Culver Withdraws Recommendation of Transaction With Regis

Alberto-Culver Company announced that its board of directors has unanimously concluded that it can no longer recommend the previously announced transaction to merge its Sally Beauty and BSG operations with Regis Corporation. Alberto- Culver’s Board of directors reached its decision after considering, among other matters, Regis’ two consecutive earnings short-fall announcements since the execution of the merger agreement, significant revisions to Regis’ financial forecasts, uncertainty about Regis’ fiscal 2007 outlook and certain differences over operating and governance approaches.

The withdrawal of the recommendation follows Alberto-Culver’s unsuccessful efforts to negotiate some upward adjustment to the previously announced share exchange ratio in light of the substantial reduction in transaction value to Alberto-Culver’s shareholders since Regis’ March 21 earnings shortfall announcement and the failure of attempts to clarify related operating and board governance matters.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Regis Corporation must determine within five business days to terminate the agreement or conclude that it wishes to ask the shareholders of the Alberto-Culver Company to vote on the transaction. Under the terms of the related Support Agreement executed by certain Company shareholders, those shareholders are now released from any obligation to vote in favor of the transaction.


SPA NUXE Opens New Location in France

Nestled at Club Med de Peisey-Vallandry in Peisey-Vallandry, , Spa NUXE's new location features nine treatment rooms, one private couples spa, a traditional hammam and a sensorial bath. +33 4 79 04 07 61


Westmore Academy to Co-sponsor International Competition

The Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts is co-sponsoring the International Student Makeup Competition in June. The competition, with the theme of “Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore,” will showcase the talents and skills of resourceful esthetics and cosmetology students. In addition, $16,000 in scholarships and other prizes will be awarded. 877-978-6673,


Borden Partners With Four Seasons Punta Mita

Celebrity fitness trainer and Nike fitness professional Ashley Borden partnered with the Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico-based Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in order to host Fitness Retreats focused on a strategic diet and a targeted fitness regimen. +52 (329) 291-6000