NEW YORK, United States — Making economic predictions isn’t easy these days, what with key indicators slumping one day and then bouncing back the next. But even as the global economy keeps market observers and analysts on their toes, there is one thing that everyone seems to agree on: the pre-eminence of the Chinese economy.
Last month, the Chinese government announced that it was depegging its currency from the US dollar, allowing the Yuan to appreciate within a defined band, slowly abandoning the exports-led growth strategy which has made Chinese goods cheaper in the global market in recent years. But now, as Western economies stop and start, the Chinese government is looking to sustain its growth by stimulating demand at home. Last week the IMF made projections that China’s growth rate will slow somewhat next year from over 9.9 percent in 2010, to 9.6 percent in 2011.
But still, for luxury goods companies, China offers the biggest opportunity for luxury brands in a generation.
According to the latest research from luxury thinktank L2, based at New York University, founder Scott Galloway said in an interview with Bloomberg TV, “when you look at the sheer size of incremental revenue that the Chinese market offers, especially online, you could hit singles in every market, but as long as you connect with the ball in China, your shareholders are going to be just fine.”