Fashion

Sales surge at LVMH in bumper first quarter


he world’s top luxury goods group LVMH
bounced back from the coronavirus pandemic to rake in higher sales in
January-March than in the first quarter of 2019, the French company said in
partial results published Tuesday.

At 14 billion euros (16.7 billion dollars), revenues grew 30 percent on 2020’s
coronavirus-hit figure to soar above analysts’ forecasts of below 13 billion.
Adjusted for exchange rates and changes to LVMH’s structure, they were also
up eight percent on the pre-pandemic 2019 figure.

The biggest sales surge came for watches and jewellery, at almost 140
percent year-on-year, as the company integrated high-end jeweller Tiffany & Co
after a months-long takeover drama.

Meanwhile the group’s selective retailing business was the only one to
shrink.

Bringing together businesses like Paris’ Bon Marche department store,
beauty chain Sephora and travel firms, the unit was “still impacted by the
restrictions on international travel”, LVMH said.

And the flagship fashion and leather goods division, with brands like Louis
Vuitton and Kenzo, booked “record levels of revenue” at 6.7 billion euros, the
group added.

While the business environment “remains turbulent”, LVMH said it was
“well-equipped to build upon the hoped-for recovery in 2021”.(AFP)



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