MarketWatch  Jan 29  Comment 
Contending with falling shopper traffic at its stores, retailer J. Crew has written down the value of its stores by more than half a billion dollars, and now it has lost two top executives in less than a month.
Wall Street Journal  Jan 28  Comment 
Avon Products Inc. said Wednesday it hired James Scully away from J. Crew Group Inc. to be its new chief financial officer.
TheStreet.com  Jan 26  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Avon Products  rose 1.25% to $8.08 in morning trading Monday on continued speculation that the beauty products manufacturer could be the target of a buyout. Dealreporter reported late last week that Avon was...
TheStreet.com  Jan 23  Comment 
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TheStreet.com  Jan 23  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Avon Products jumped 14.55% to close at $8.66 yesterday. Now, buyout firms can find no cheaper personal-goods company, according to Bloomberg. It has been reported that Dealreporter said the New York-based company had...
MarketWatch  Jan 23  Comment 
Starbucks, Lululemon, UPS and Avon are among the notable movers in Friday’s market.
Benzinga  Jan 22  Comment 
Shares of Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) soared approximately 20 percent Thursday afternoon amid rumors of a takeover by TPG Capital, L.P. According to dealReporter, three industry sources have indicated that Avon is in talks with TPG about a...
TheStreet.com  Jan 22  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Avon Products Inc. are climbing higher by 17.33% to $8.87 on heavy volume in mid-afternoon trading on Thursday, after Dealreporter reported the company has been in talks with the private equity firm TPG...


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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