Both Revlon Inc. and Elizabeth Arden Inc. posted losses for the first three months of the year as the consumer became more tentative.
Revlon’s first-quarter losses narrowed to $2.5 million, or breakeven on a per-share basis, from red ink of $35.2 million, or 7 cents, a year earlier. Sales for the three months ended March 31 dipped 2.5 percent to $320.4 million.
David Kennedy, Revlon’s president and chief executive officer, said the plan was to boost sales of new products while controlling costs.
“All combined, we expect to generate sustainable, profitable sales growth and positive free cash flow,” said Kennedy.
“While we were not expecting any improvement in the retail environment this past quarter in
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