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North America Anchors Colgate As Currency Headwinds Continue Abroad

Executive Summary

Innovation across categories helped make Colgate's North American business its star segment in the second quarter, rising 1.6% to $793m on strong oral care sales, while the firm’s international business remains impacted negatively by currency headwinds.

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