Cosmetics company Avon to leave New Zealand market

Cosmetics company Avon will end its operations in New Zealand and Australia by the end of 2018.

In a Facebook post, managing director Sharon Plant said the closure was unfortunate but they would stand by their staff.

 "This is a very sad day for our employees and representatives," she said.

"As a management team our commitment and focus over the coming days, weeks and months is to support our people and the wider Avon community who are impacted by this decision.

"I would like to thank all the employees, representatives and customers who have supported Avon's business over the years."

Many staff members and consumers voiced their anger in the comments, including some staff saying the company did not contact them before the announcement.

"Wow I'm a rep and I had to find out on fb ," one woman wrote. "Thanks Avon."

"This is terrible, you owe your reps and customers more than this," another said.

"To suddenly cease operations after a long history in this country is nothing more than an absolute smack in the face to long serving reps, new reps and customers."