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Benzinga  May 10  Comment 
Jim Cramer said on CNBC's Mad Money he wouldn't sell Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT). He thinks there is more room on the upside. Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) missed a quarter badly, said Cramer. He advised his viewer not to buy more. He...
DailyFinance  May 9  Comment 
Filed under: News, Animals, Science & Tech Residents in Avon, Connecticut, say a bear tried to break into a home where their neighbor was baking brownies. Read more...   Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Motley Fool  May 9  Comment 
The lift would turn out to be a short reprise before yet another crash.
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These stocks fell sharply on a generally quiet day on Wall Street. Find out why.
MarketWatch  May 4  Comment 
Avon Products Inc. reported a first-quarter loss that narrowed to $36.5 million, or 10 cents a share, from a loss of $165.9 million, or 38 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, the adjusted loss per share...




 

Avon (NYSE:AVP) makes beauty and personal care products, including various types of cosmetics - lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, basically anything that would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift - apparel and accessories, and home and decoractive products. Avon's products face intense competition, from companies like Estee Lauder Companies (EL) and Revlon (REV), in all of its markets from both global and regional mid-end brand personal care products. To combat competition and improve brand recognition in US and global markets, Avon launched a Turn-around Plan in that included strategic initiatives to reduce costs, increased advertising spending, improve product quality, and improve sales profitability.

While the majority of Avon's competitors distribute their products to resellers such as department stores, drugstores, or cosmetic stores, Avon sells its products solely through its direct-selling channel of independently-contracted Active Sales Representatives and through its online website. However, the company's direct-selling business model is at risk for incurring more costs due to Representative dissatisfaction and global legal restrictions. Due to the company's reliance on its direct-selling business model, earning potential and satisfaction of its Representatives and maintaining its business model are essential for the company's success in global markets.

Company Overview

Avon produces and sells consumer packaged goods worldwide through its direct selling boutique store channel and its online channel.

Business Segments

Avon's revenues come from three main categories:

Business Growth

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