L'Oreal shares jumped after the world's biggest beauty products group posted forecast-beating first-half profits and said it believed the worst of retailers' order trimming of luxury products was over.
U.S. presidential couple Barack and Michelle Obama, Brad Pitt and French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy all made the cut for an annual list of the world's best dressed -- and gave a few tips on where to find bargains.
Shares in Beiersdorf fell 5.1 percent, the biggest fallers among German large caps, after second-quarter bottom-line results from the maker of Nivea cosmetics miss consensus and the company maintains its cautious outlook for 2009.
Hindustan Unilever Ltd, India's largest consumer goods company, reported a 2.7 percent fall in net profit for the June quarter, disappointing investors and knocking its shares down from a nine-year high touched earlier in the session.
A French court will examine whether the elderly heiress to the L'Oreal fortune, Europe's richest woman, was in her right mind when she lavished gifts worth close to $1.4 billion on a younger male friend.
Crabtree & Evelyn Ltd, a specialty retailer known for its soaps and other personal care products, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States as the tough economy led to falling sales and rising losses.