// The Body Shop owner Natura &Co posts an 8.6% decline in revenue in its second quarter
// Although revenue at Aesop rose by 5.7% in the period after the brand delivered double digit growth in all markets
Natura &Co, the owner of The Body Shop, Avon and Aesop has seen revenues slip after the group faced the pressure of a challenging trading environment.
During the second quarter to 30 June, the Brazilian group saw its group revenue decline 8.6%.
In the three months to June, net revenue at The Body Shop fell by 25.3% despite store revenues being up compared to last year due to a rise in footfall.
Sales were also down at Avon where there was a decline of 25.4%. The brand’s performance was mainly impacted by the war in Ukraine, low consumer confidence and eroding household purchasing power in Europe, as well as fewer representatives in the region.
However, revenue at Aesop rose by 5.7% in the period after the brand delivered double digit growth in all markets led by North America and Asia-Pacific.
The group’s skin, hair and body brand is continuing to roll out new stores in cities as well as in existing markets such as Japan, South Korea, Canada and Australia.
Natura & Co group chief executive Fabio Barbosa said: “Though we expect our businesses’ revenues to trend better in the second half of the year, we believe the challenges in the macro environment will persist and our margins will remain pressured in the short term,”
“In this context, our clear and immediate priority is to focus on margins and operational cash-flow, and the teams at all our brands and businesses are mobilised and incentivised on those clear goals.”
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