Financials raise question: can inco alone drive hygiene growth in the face of sag in diapers?

CLOVERDALE, CA, November 9, 2017-

Once again last quarter, adult incontinence was the standout of many hygiene products companies’ earnings reports, but diaper sales are so sluggish in some major world markets that sales and profit growth was fairly anemic across the board. Even so, Procter & Gamble and others showed that the right diaper can still generate excitement in these maturing markets.

Not all companies saw declines or even sluggish growth in diaper sales: Domtar’s volumes rose by 9% in the third quarter compared with a year ago. And diaper sales were far from the only problem reported by companies: several mentioned the rising cost of fluff pulp and other raw materials, while currency was a problem for some.

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