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Colgate Reports 4Q; Fiscal 2007

Posted: February 1, 2008

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Successful new products contributing to growth in the U.S. in other categories include Irish Spring body wash for men, Softsoap brand Nutra-Oil moisturizing body wash and Mennen Speed Stick 24/7 deodorant. Fabuloso liquid cleaner, Suavitel fabric conditioner and Irish Spring bar soap each achieved record high market shares for the year in the U.S.

New products planned for launch in first quarter 2008 include Colgate Total Advanced Whitening and Colgate Total Advanced Fresh toothpastes, Colgate 360 degree Deep Clean manual toothbrush, Colgate 360 degree Sonic Power battery toothbrush, Suavitel Aroma Sensations fabric conditioner and Mennen Speed Stick 24/7 deodorant with a new upgraded formula.

Colgate continues to build its strong leadership in oral care throughout Latin America with its regional toothpaste market share at a record high year to date driven by market share gains in nearly every country. Strong sales of premium priced offerings such as Colgate Total Professional Clean, Colgate Sensitive and Colgate Max White toothpastes drove share gains throughout the region. In Mexico, for example, Colgate's toothpaste market share reached a record high at 83.9% year to date, up 230 basis points versus year ago. Colgate's leading share of the manual toothbrush market for the region is at a record high year to date at 36.9%, up 270 basis points versus year ago. Strong sales of Colgate 360 degree and Colgate 360 degree Sensitive manual toothbrushes throughout the region contributed to this success.

Colgate increased its oral care leadership in Europe/South Pacific with its regional toothpaste market share reaching a record high for the year. These toothpaste share gains were led by Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and Australia. Successful premium products driving these share gains include Colgate Total and Colgate Max Fresh toothpastes. Gaba's toothpaste market share also grew in many markets across the region, in both the food and pharmacy channels. In the manual toothbrush category, strong sales of Colgate 360 degree, Colgate 360 degree Sensitive and Colgate Max Fresh toothbrushes strengthened Colgate's market leadership in this category for the region.

Recent premium innovations contributing to gains in other product categories include Colgate 360 degree Sonic Power battery toothbrush, Colgate Plax Whitening mouth rinse, Palmolive Pure Cashmere and Palmolive Aromatherapy Happyful shower gels, Palmolive Soft and Gentle Eden deodorant, and Ajax Professional bucket dilutable and Ajax Professional glass cleaners.