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The Hut Group Buys Cult Beauty for £275 Million

The acquisition is the latest sign of consolidation in the UK’s prestige beauty market.
Cult Beauty shop logo on the iPhone screen.
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The British e-commerce group said Wednesday it had agreed to acquire the digital beauty retailer from private shareholders, including Net-a-Porter co-founder Mark Quinn-Newall and Cult Beauty co-founder Alexia Inge.

The deal is the latest sign of consolidations in the UK’s sizeable prestige beauty market. Last month, LVMH-owned Sephora acquired rival beauty e-tailer Feelunique for £132 million ($184 million). The addition of Cult Beauty to THG’s portfolio, which already includes e-tailer Lookfantastic and beauty brands like Illamasqua and Eyeko, will bolster its already-strong position in the market.

Cult beauty, founded by Alexia Inge and Jessica Deluca in 2008, is well-known among British beauty enthusiasts for its careful curation of hot indie brands and in-demand prestige labels. Around two thirds of the names stocked on Cult Beauty are currently not available at THG’s other beauty sites, according to the group.

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