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Monday, January 17, 2011

Richemont 3Q Jewelry Sales Up 20% and Watch Sales Up 21%


Cie. Financiere Richemont SA said Monday that third-quarter revenue rose 33 percent to 2.1 billion euro ($2.8 billion), led by the acquisition of online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.com. At constant exchange rates (when currency shifts are removed) revenue grew 23 percent.

By category, the Swiss company’s jewelry business (made up of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels), increased by 20 percent at constant exchange rates (30 percent actual exchange rates) to just over 1 billion Euros ($1.45 billion). Watch sales for the period ended December 31, increased 21 percent (30 percent at actual exchange rates) to 543 million Euros ($720 million). The watch business is made up of the following brands: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, IWC, Baume & Mercier, Vacheron Constantin, Officine Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne and Roger Dubuis.

By far the largest increase to company’s business is in its “Other” category (up 63 percent), which reflects the purchase last year of luxury e-commerce website, Net-a-Porter.

“Richemont’s Maisons performed well and saw good sales growth, particularly at the retail level, during the three-month period,” said Johann Rupert. Richemont executive chairman and Group CEO. “Sales in the month of December grew by 17 percent at constant exchange rates and excluding the impact of the Net-a-Porter acquisition.”

He added, “Higher comparative figures will make the final quarter of the financial year ending 31 March 2011 more challenging Gross margin is anticipated to be negatively affected by a stronger Swiss franc given the Group's Swiss manufacturing base and by the planned changes to product lines at one of the Group's Specialist Watchmakers, which will be largely implemented during the coming quarter.”

In addition to the companies listed, Richemont owns Montblanc, which makes writing instruments, Purdey, the luxury hunting gun maker, and Alfred Dunhill, the London-based maker of leather goods, fashion and lighters, as well as a watch and jewelry joint venture with Ralph Lauren.

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