* Q1 revenue up 5.8 pct like-for-like to 5.16 bln eur
* Rtrs poll avg was for 5.106 bln eur
* North America sales up 7.2 pct, Japan sales down 5.9 pct
* Confident it can outperform markets in 2011
PARIS, April 19 L'Oreal (OREP.PA), the world's
biggest cosmetics group, said on Tuesday it was well-positioned
to outperform its markets in 2011 after it posted higher sales
in the first quarter, helped by North America.
The maker of Lancome creams, Yves Saint Laurent lipstick and
Garnier shampoo, said its business remained mixed in Europe,
where debt-related worries continue to weigh on consumer
sentiment, while sales in Japan fell following the earthquake
L'Oreal generated revenue of 5.16 billion euros ($7.37
billion) in the three months to March 31. Analysts polled by
Reuters were expecting sales of 5.106 billion on average.
Sales in North America rose 7.2 percent to 1.12 billion
euros on a comparable basis while those in Western Europe grew
by 0.5 percent to 1.91 billion, L'Oreal said in a statement.
Revenue in new markets, which include Asia, Eastern Europe,
Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, rose 11.6 percent to
1.83 billion euros.
L'Oreal added that sales in Japan fell 5.9 percent
like-for-like but that it was too early to evaluate the impact
on the full year.
The group said in February it expected to beat global
cosmetics market growth, seen at 3-4 percent, in 2011 and
pledged to lift profits again this year. [ID:nLDE71928A]
France's LVMH (LVMH.PA) said late on Monday that
first-quarter sales rose 17 percent as all its business
divisions achieved double-digit organic revenue growth.
(Reporting by Matthias Blamont and Pascale Denis; Editing by