First Quarter 2001 Sales
Eur 3.4 Billion : + 12.7% Group

Consolidated sales of L'Oréal at 31st March, 2001 totalled EUR 3,404 billion.
The increase compared with the first quarter 2000 is 12.7%.
Foreign exchange had a positive impact of 1.2%.
On a like-for-like basis, i.e., with identical structure and exchange rates, the increase of consolidated sales of the Group rose 7.7% and excluding currency effects 11.5%.
The increase in Group sales per main branch was as follows:

  Published
figures
Excluding
currency effect
Cosmetics + 12.9% + 11.7%
Dermatology + 7.2% + 4.0%



Contacts at L'ORÉAL
Shareholders and Market Authorities
M. François ARCHAMBAULT
Tel : +33(0)1.47.56.83.45
info@loreal-finance.com
Financial Analysts and Institutional Investors
Mme Caroline MILLOT
Tel : +33(0)1.47.56.86.82
Fax : +33(0)1.47.56.80.02
Journalists
M. Lorrain KRESSMANN
Tel : +33(0)1.47.56.40.24
lkressmann@dgc.loreal.com
For further information, please consult your bank, stockbroker or other financial intermediary, your usual newspapers, or the Internet site for shareholders and investors http://www.loreal-finance.com; alternatively, ring the +33 1 58 13 51 36. The main part of the annual presentation of financial results 2000 will be broadcast live online on the www.loreal-finance.com site on Thursday 5th April 2001 from 9.45 am onwards.

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