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S&P revises ratings outlook on Avon


NEW YORK (AP) — Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's on Monday revised its outlook on Avon Products Inc. to 'negative' from 'stable.'

The outlook reflects Avon's continued poor operating results and weak credit metrics, S&P said.

On Thursday, direct beauty products seller Avon Products said its third-quarter net income fell 81 percent, hurt by the stronger dollar and an impairment charge. The company also slashed its dividend as it works on a turnaround.

The company has been struggling to turn around its business at home and in emerging markets, but results remain weak.

S&P affirmed its "BBB-" rating, the lowest investment grade, on Avon's senior unsecured debt.

Avon shares rose 7 cents to $15.27 during midday trading.


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