In the U.S., new product launches including Colgate Optic White and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpastes are strengthening Colgate’s leadership in toothpaste, with its share of that market reaching 36.6% year to date, up 1.5 share points versus year ago. In manual toothbrushes, Colgate achieved brand market leadership year to date, driven by the success of Colgate 360° Optic White, Colgate 360° Sensitive Pro-Relief, Colgate 360° Total Advanced and Colgate Extra Clean manual toothbrushes.
Successful new products in the U.S. in other categories include Softsoap brand Pampered Hands Jasmine Oasis foaming hand soap, Softsoap brand Vineyard Escape Scrub, Irish Spring Deep Action Scrub and Irish Spring Clear & Fresh Skin body washes, Palmolive Soft Touch with Vitamin E and Palmolive Fresh Sponge dish liquids, Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry antiperspirant, Speed Stick Power antiperspirants/deodorants and Fabuloso Sunset Spice liquid cleaner.
Latin America (29% of Company Sales)
Latin America Net sales rose 3.0% during second quarter 2012 with unit volume increasing 6.5%. Excluding the divested detergent business in Colombia, Latin America unit volume grew 9.5%. Volume gains were led by Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia. Higher pricing added 6.0% and foreign exchange was negative 9.5%. Organic sales for Latin America increased 15.5% during the quarter.Operating profit in Latin America increased 2% in the second quarter of 2012 to $367 million, while as a percentage of Net sales it decreased to 28.9%. The decrease in Operating profit as a percentage of Net sales was due to a decrease in Gross profit and higher advertising, both as a percentage of Net sales. This decrease in Gross profit was due to higher raw and packaging material costs, negative foreign exchange transaction costs and higher costs due to inflation in Venezuela, which were partially offset by higher pricing and cost savings from the Company’s funding-the-growth initiatives.