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Monday, April 15, 2013

LVMH Watch and Jewelry Revenue Down 1%

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said Monday that first quarter revenue for its Watches and Jewelry division fell 1 percent to 624 million euros ($815.6 million) due to cautious buying by multi-brand retailers. It was the only business division in the luxury goods conglomerate to show a decline in revenue for the period. In organic terms (with comparable structure and constant exchange rates), revenue grew 2 percent.

TAG Heuer’s first quarter was marked by the 50th anniversary of its Carrera line and the new partnership with McLaren which was announced at the Geneva Motor Show. Hublot and Zenith also had a good start to the year. In jewelry, Bulgari “recorded strong revenue growth in its own stores,” largely based on the success of its Serpenti line.

Other brands in the division are Hublot, Zenith, Chaumet, Fred and De Beers Diamond Jewellers.

LVMH said total revenue for the 2013 fiscal year increased 6 percent to 6.94 billion euros ($9.07 billion). Organic revenue growth was 7 percent compared to the same period in 2012, which saw a sharp rise.

The Paris-based conglomerate—whose brands also include Moët Chandon, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Sephora—said it saw “strong growth” in Asia and the United States, while Europe “demonstrates good resistance despite a challenging economic environment.”

First quarter results in its other business division are as follows:

The Wines & Spirits division recorded a revenue rise of 6 percent. Champagne sales were “notably robust” in Asia, which compensated for softer demand in Europe. Hennessy cognac had a “solid performance” in the United States and “rapid growth” in China.

The Fashion & Leather Goods division was nearly flat year-over (0.4%) Louis Vuitton “continued its progress,” the company said. Fendi “benefited from continued developments in fur and leather and pursues” and Céline “made excellent progress” in its own stores.

Perfumes & Cosmetics division experienced a 5 percent increase for the period. Christian Dior recorded “solid growth” due to the “vitality of its perfumes and, in particular, the continued strength of J’adore, Miss Dior and Dior Homme. The new lipstick Dior Addict and the premium skincare Prestige also contributed to the brand’s growth. Guerlain continued to benefit from the strong momentum of La Petite Robe Noire and the success of its high-end skincare Orchidée Impériale,” the company said.

In the Selective Retailing division showed a 16 percent increase for the period. DFS had an “excellent performance driven by the continued growth in Asian tourism.” Sephora gained market share in all its regions as it continues to expand its global store network. Online sales also experienced “rapid growth.”

“In an economic environment which remains uncertain in Europe, LVMH will continue to focus its efforts on developing its brands, will maintain a strict control over costs and will target its investments on the quality, the excellence and the innovation of its products and their distribution,” the company said. 

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