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The bearded business leader is becoming more common

A growing number of CEOs, like Google's co-founder Sergey Brin, are sporting facial hair.

New York

THESE are dark days for the shaving industry. After experiencing a century of fairly steady growth, makers of razors and other shaving equipment have seen revenues level off or fall in the last few years. Beards are back.

One striking feature of this resurgence is that for...