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Toiletries maker Lion's profit bitten by petrochemical prices

Gains in toothbrush and mouthwash sales offset by packaging costs

Lion's new Nonio mouthwash was a hit, helping to steady the decline in profit.

TOKYO -- Japanese consumer products maker Lion enjoyed robust sales but appears to have been hit by higher prices on a key petrochemical raw material in the first six months of the year, resulting in its first decline in interim profit from core operations in six years.

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