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Monday, December 13, 2010

Harry Winston Q3 Sales Up 88%

Harry Winston, said that third quarter consolidated sales increased 88 percent year-over-year to $140.9 million, led by a two-fold increase in rough diamond sales from its Canadian mine and a 50 percent increase in its luxury jewelry retail operation.

Consolidated earnings totaled $13.7 million for the period, ended October 31, compared to a loss of $4.9 million for the third quarter of 2009. Consolidated net income for the third quarter was $3.9 million.

Rough diamond sales for the quarter rose 192 percent year-over-year to $60.7 million. The Toronto based company supplies rough diamonds to the global market from its 40 percent interest in the Diavik Diamond Mine, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Mining giant Rio Tinto owns the remaining 60-percent share of the mine. The increase in sales resulted primarily from a 182 percent increase in volume of carats sold.

Meanwhile, retail sales increased 48 percent for the quarter to $80.2 million. The company’s retail division, Harry Winston Inc., is a premier diamond jeweler and luxury timepiece retailer with salons in key locations including New York, Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo and Beverly Hills.

Robert Gannicott, Harry Winston chairman and CEO said the insatiable appetite for hard luxury goods in China and other emerging countries is the main reason for Harry Winston’s strong third-quarter performance.

“Diamond demand in the Far East continues to propel rough diamond prices as the Diavik mine transitions to underground production,” Gannicott said. “Marketing efforts and store openings are successfully burnishing the Harry Winston brand to capture the branded luxury appetites of the emerging wealth of the newly developing parts of the world.”

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