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Revlon to exit China business to cut costs

Revlon said it is leaving China and cutting 1,100 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure.

Most of the jobs cuts will be in China. Revlon's operations there make up only 2 percent of the company's sales, which have been declining.

Global sales fell 1.3 percent to US$1.02 billion in the nine months through September, compared with the same period in 2012. Revenue in Asia dropped 3.5 percent to US$166.8 during that time.

The departure will save the makeup company US$11 million a year, Revlon said Tuesday in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Revlon expects to take a US$22 million restructuring charge, mostly this year. About US$10 million of that charge is for employee severance and other benefits, and about US$12 million consists of product discounts and inventory write-offs.

Besides its namesake brand of makeup and hair dye, Revlon also makes cosmetics under its Almay and SinfulColors brands.

The New York-based company has had major executive changes this year, naming a new CEO in October after Alan Ennis left. It also announced a new CFO in July after its former financial executive left to join another company.

The new chief executive, Lorenzo Delpani, came from Colomer Group, which Revlon acquired for about US$660 million in October. Colomer sells hair color and other products to beauty salons.

Shares of Revlon Inc. rose 36 cents, or 1.5 percent, to US$24.92 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

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Revlon cosmetics are displayed at a New York pharmacy, Aug. 3, 2006. Revlon said it is leaving China and cutting 1,100 jobs as part of a cost-cutting measure, the company announced Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP)

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