Quarterly profit growth for Gillette Co. is attributed to
shoppers moving up to top-line products such as the M3Power
shaver, a men's vibrating razor, and Oral-B Sonic Complete, a
rechargeable toothbrush. Costs related to its battery business,
the closing of a lithium battery plant and increasing metals prices
are affecting profits, however, and will cause the company to raise
prices on its North American battery line by 6% to 7% in August.