beauty

Avon Rises in German Trading on Reports of L'Oreal Bid

Avon Products Inc. (AVP) gained in trading on the Germany stock market after British newspaper The Daily Mail said L%u2019Oreal SA (LRLCY) may bid for the company. Avon%u2019s German-traded shares advanced 6.2% from the Oct. 11 closing price in New York to $35.22 at 12:59pm in Frankfurt, Bloomberg News said.

Greenhouse Spa Up for Sale as Women Shun Luxury Pampering

The Greenhouse Spa in the Dallas area is up for sale, a sign that luxury spas are struggling with a weak economy and competition from day spas. The spa, which counts Cindy Crawford and Grace Kelly among its former clients, charges $4,500 to $5,000 for a weeklong stay, The Wall Street Journal said.

Unilever to Buy Alberto Culver for $3.7 Billion

Unilever (UL) agreed to buy beauty care company Alberto Culver Company for $3.7 billion in cash. The deal will make Unilever the world%u2019s leading company in hair conditioning, the second largest in shampoo and the third largest in hair styling, Unilever said in a statement. Alberto Culver had sales of about $1.6 billion for the 12 months ending June 30.

Finder's Fee or Bribe? A Study in Blogger Ethics

Blogging as a form of journalism is new enough that the ethics of it are still being worked out. And blog ethics can be a particularly treacherous area for those who wander into it unawares -- as New York City publicity executive Katherine Rothman, CEO of KMR Communications, did last week.

Target Stores to Undergo Major Facelift

Your local Target store could look pretty different by April, when the first stores get their makeovers in a $1 billion remodeling program. Expect changes in the beauty, home, electronics and shoe departments. Fashion from Jean Paul Gaultier and cookware from Giada de Laurentiis are on tap.