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Jul 25, 2014

LVMH results send chill across luxury goods sector

PARIS (Reuters) – The outlook for the luxury goods industry darkened on Friday as poor results from industry leader LVMH (LVMH.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) showed how the strong euro and political protests in Hong Kong were major factors curbing spending by Chinese and Russian customers.

Shares in LVMH, seen as setting the tone for the luxury goods industry, fell as much as 7.2 percent on Friday – the biggest one-day drop since 2009, dragging down companies in the sector such as Cartier-owner Richemont, down 3 percent and Gucci-owner Kering (PRTP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which fell 3.7 percent.

Jul 24, 2014

LVMH feels pinch from lower Chinese demand, Hong Kong turmoil

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) – LVMH has seen a drop in
demand from Chinese buyers in its home market and overseas, as
well as a slowdown in Hong Kong due to political unrest, the
French fashion, spirits and cosmetics group said on Thursday
after posting below-forecast second-quarter sales and profits.

The world’s No.1 luxury group said growth in sales from
Louis Vuitton, its main cash cow, had dropped in China in the
second quarter from the first, while revenues from Chinese
tourists declined in major European markets such as France.

Jul 23, 2014

Pharmacies lure consumers from LVMH beauty retailer Sephora

PARIS, July 23 (Reuters) – Sephora, the top seller of Dior
lip gloss and Lancome face creams, is under attack in
continental Europe from far less glamorous competitors:
pharmacies.

New data shows specialist beauty retailers such as Sephora,
one of the fastest growing companies at world No. 1 luxury group
LVMH, are losing market share to pharmacies offering
cheaper products.

Jul 21, 2014

Top designer Christophe Lemaire quits Hermes to develop his own brand

PARIS, July 21 (Reuters) – Top designer Christophe Lemaire
is leaving Hermes in the fall to focus on developing
his eponymous fashion label, the French luxury group said on
Monday.

Lemaire took over from Jean-Paul Gaultier as the brand’s
artistic director of womenswear in 2010, and his collections
were increasingly gaining praise from fashion critics and
enjoying growing demand from buyers.

Jul 18, 2014

Hermes sales hit by weakness in Japan

PARIS (Reuters) – French luxury goods firm Hermes posted a slowdown in second quarter sales growth, hit by a slump in Japanese demand and adverse changes in foreign exchange rates.

Revenue growth at Hermes (HRMS.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), known for its classic Kelly leather bags and printed silk scarves, slid to 5.8 percent from 10.1 percent in the first quarter.

Jul 7, 2014

Raf Simons makes Christian Dior travel through history

PARIS (Reuters) – As Paris Haute Couture week gathered pace on its second day, Raf Simons offered a walk through history at Christian Dior, with a mix of 18th century-inspired dresses with side hoops and embroidered masculine court coats.

The designer said he was searching for a modern interpretation of fashion codes from centuries past for his fifth haute couture collection since he was appointed Dior’s chief designer in 2012 to replace John Galliano.

Jul 7, 2014

Insight – What’s in a scent? Perfume makers adapt to EU rules

PARIS (Reuters) – Seaweed may not be the first ingredient that springs to mind for perfume. But algae are among obscure ingredients to which perfume makers are turning to preserve the scent of their fragrances in the face of new EU anti-allergy restrictions.

The global high end perfume industry, generating $25 billion (14.5 billion pounds) in annual sales, is readying itself for EU regulations that will come into force in early 2015.

Jul 7, 2014

What’s in a scent? Perfume makers adapt to EU rules

PARIS, July 7 (Reuters) – Seaweed may not be the first
ingredient that springs to mind for perfume. But algae are among
obscure ingredients to which perfume makers are turning to
preserve the scent of their fragrances in the face of new EU
anti-allergy restrictions.

The global high end perfume industry, generating $25 billion
in annual sales, is readying itself for EU regulations that will
come into force in early 2015.

Jul 4, 2014

Apple poaches another luxury executive as iWatch nears

PARIS (Reuters) – Apple has poached a senior executive from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, which could be to help it with the launch of its iWatch expected this autumn.

Tag Heuer, part of luxury goods group LVMH, said on Friday its vice president for sales, Patrick Pruniaux, who had been with the brand for seven years, was leaving on Monday to join Apple. It did not say what his new job would be.

Jun 30, 2014

Luxury pen maker ST Dupont pessimistic about short-term

PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) – French luxury pen maker ST Dupont
said it was relatively pessimistic about the current
year due to recent sluggish trading in major markets such as
China and Europe after it posted flat full-year sales.

ST Dupont, a rival of Richemont’s Dunhill and
Montblanc, and one of France’s last independent luxury pen and
lighter makers, said business in the current quarter to June 30
had been lacklustre, as in the 12 months through March.

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      "Astrid is based in Paris and leads the team of correspondents across Europe who cover luxury and fashion. Previously, she was TMT correspondent. Before joining Reuters, she wrote for the Financial Times as UK companies news correspondent and before that as Moscow correspondent. She started her career in journalism in the mid-1990s as a business reporter for the Moscow Times, an English-language daily published in the Russian capital."
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