Summit Notebook

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Check Out Line: Cautious notes hit by top luxury execs

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bulgari1Check out the cautious notes being sounded in the global luxury market.

Industry executives voiced concerns about everything from unemployment to Europe's brewing economic crisis, but are nonetheless banking on growth from China and a recovering U.S. market.

Leading officials speaking at the Reuters Global Luxury Summit said the debt crisis in Europe is threatening to halt luxury's rebound, but demand for fine merchandise was picking up in the United States while China's shoppers were venturing frequently into Tokyo for top brands.

"The euro zone is a sizable market, but today the growth reserve is in the emerging countries, and particularly in China, whose demand is pulling the entire sector," said Isabelle Ardon, head of Paris-based SG Gestion's luxury fund.

The debt crisis and depreciation of the euro have raised concerns of a double dip global recession that could knock luxury spending back down after a fragile recovery. Bulgari's CEO Francesco Trapani (pictured) said Europe would remain a difficult market.

from Shop Talk:

A little more privacy at Barneys sale?

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LUXURY-SUMMIT/BARNEYS-DEALBashful New York bargain hunters may finally be able to guard their modesty at one of the city's biggest annual retail events, as luxury chain Barney's is considering adding dressing rooms at its mobbed New York warehouse sale.   

While well-educated and well-heeled professionals don't think twice about unleashing their animal instincts to grab the best designer merchandise at 75 percent off, many are reticent about stripping down in public to make sure they have the right size before ringing up a final sale.

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