Procter & Gamble is a dominant force in the UK across virtually all of its operating sectors, as well as being one of the country's biggest advertisers. The company markets a broad selection of its international brands in the region as well as a handful of local jewels. The most significant of these is Fairy, first introduced by Thomas Hedley & Co in the late 19th century. Hedley's was acquired by P&G in 1930, making the UK the company's first overseas market. The original dish detergent has been successfully extended into automatic dish washing and laundry detergent, building combined sales in excess of £320m in 2018. P&G dominates the laundry sector with around 45% market share as a result of the combined power of Ariel, Fairy, Bold and Daz, respectively the #2, #3, #4 and #7 branded detergents in the market. Lenor is the #2 fabric softener (behind Unilever's Comfort). P&G's surface cleaning products include well-established local brand Flash and international products Febreze and Viakal. Pampers leads the Family Care sector - the biggest UK infant care brand by far - while Always and Tampax are the best-selling feminine hygiene brands. In household tissue, Tempo, Bounty and Charmin initially carved out a niche for themselves but performance lagged in 2006, and the business was sold in 2007 to what is now Essity. As a result, P&G has no remaining presence in that sector in Europe. P&G's biggest UK brand by far is Gillette, which dominates the local shaving market with more than 71% share, more than three times that of main rival Wilkinson Sword. In Beauty Care, Olay is a market leader in facial cleansing, while Head & Shoulders, Pantene and Herbal Essences lead the haircare sector. P&G has built up a solid position in oral care. Crest was tested in the UK in the 2000s, but achieved only limited impact. However, Oral B is the leading toothbrush brand, and the group introduced Oral B-branded toothpaste in 2011 with considerable success. It overtook Aquafresh in 2013 to become the #3 brand behond Colgate and Sensodyne. The group markets several of its OTC healthcare products in the UK, although the best known by far is Vicks. Tom Moody is group VP & managing director, Northern Europe, and general manager, UK & Ireland.
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