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Period: March 1, 2012 to April 1, 2012
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Companies, Organizations  

China Cosmetics Company Seeks Overturn Of Lower Court's Copyright Infringement Ruling

Guangzhou Shiqi Cosmetics Co. Ltd. filed an appeal with the Beijing High People's Court to annul the Beijing Number 2 Intermediate People's Court's ruling that the cosmetics company's ZMShike trademark violates the copyright of Smith Kline & French Laboratories, a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline. Shiqi Cosmetics denies the allegation although the ZMShike trademark uses the same Chinese characters and is pronounced the same way as SK&F.

"Cosmetic company appeals toothpaste trademark ruling", China Daily, March 14, 2012

Avon Disputes PETA's Animal-Testing Allegations

Following a lawsuit that alleges that Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay “purposely defrauded consumers by falsely claiming that their products were ‘cruelty free’ while undertaking animal testing in order to sell their products in China and reap hundreds of millions of dollars in Chinese sales”, Avon defended its position. The company claimed that for over twenty years it has been committed to not testing on animals ‘except where required by local law’ and that that some governments require the company to perform additional product safety tests.

"Avon as transparent as a "black blanket,” says PETA VP in response to misleading China animal testing policy", Cosmetics Design, March 13, 2012

L'Oreal grows China cosmetics sales with 18%

Shanghai Daily, February 28, 2012

Top digital marketing trends for China: Group M

Campaign Asia, February 09, 2012

The keys to going to market in China

McKinsey Consumer & Shopper Insights, January 31, 2012

Market News  

Alliance Boots Announces Plan To Expand Presence In Asia

UK-based pharmacy and beauty retail chain Alliance Boots announced its expansion plans in Asia for the next five years. Prevented from acquiring more companies in UK and Europe by the European Union's anti-trust rules, the company has shifted its focus on the Asian market currently limited to Thailand, where the company recently opened its 200th store, and China, which recently revised its rule prohibiting foreign retailers from owning more than 30 stores to allow more foreign investment.

"Boots on the ground in Asian beauty expansion scheme", Bangkok Post, March 30, 2012

Procter & Gamble Builds New Factory In China, One Of The Largest In Asia

Procter & Gamble began building its new factory in Guangzhou, China, one of the largest manufacturing plants in Asia. Part of the company's $1 billion investment in China for implementation by 2015, the plant will be built in three stages, with the first stage to be completed in the second half of 2013, and will manufacture baby care products, including Pampers diapers.

"P&G expanding in China", China Daily, March 16, 2012

Henkel Adds Equinox To China Roster

Asia Media Journal, February 16, 2012

Marketing & Advertising  

Procter & Gamble Cuts Costs, Shifts Focus To Emerging Markets

Procter & Gamble said it plans to invest all money to be saved from its recently announced $10 billion cost-cutting plan in emerging markets, such as China and India, to close the gap with long-time competitor Unilever in these countries. After cutting about 5,700 jobs elsewhere, P&G plans to increase hiring in India and China, build more factories, and expand its distribution networks in developing countries.

"Procter & Gamble directs cost savings from sluggish developed economies into markets like India", Economic Times, March 21, 2012

Women’s Attitudes Toward Beauty Products Are Changing Globally

A 15-country study of beauty trends by McCann WorldGroup finds that as beauty standards continue to rise, women are demanding more of their beauty products. For example, they want products that are multitasking, harder working and provide greater value – mascara, for example, that also curls lashes. In addition, women want manufacturers to offer a range of products that work together, rather than just standalones. And the study shows that attitudes toward beauty products among women in emerging markets – China, Brazil and India – are markedly different from those of women in mature markets, such as the U.K., U.S., Germany and France.

"Women want cosmetic brands to work harder", Marketing Week, March 08, 2012

How Dunkin' Donuts May End Communism

Mountain View Telegraph, March 08, 2012

P&G China Spent CNY33bn in Advertising in 2011

Health Tech Zone, February 28, 2012

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