Luxury Spending in Europe Hit By Drop in Tourist Demand

Tourist shopper at Louis Vuitton boutique | Source: Reuters

PARIS, France — Most luxury goods groups will not publish first-quarter figures until at least later this month, but anecdotal evidence is growing of at least a temporary slowdown in spending by travelers, which analysts say could be linked to worries about the global economy and tax increases in Europe, as well as the tough stance taken by China's new president Xi Jinping on illegitimate gift-giving.

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Louis Vuitton Raised Most Non-Leather Handbag Prices, HSBC Says

Louis Vuitton, Shenzhen, China | Source: Richards Basmajian

PARIS, France — Louis Vuitton, which last month raised prices by an average 12 percent in Japan, has imposed similar increases on non-leather handbags in most of its main markets since the start of the year, according to HSBC.

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Dior Plans Encore Haute Couture Show in Shanghai

Dior Spring 2013 Haute Couture | Photo: The Business of Fashion

PARIS, France — For the first time since Raf Simons took the creative helm at Dior, the French fashion house is bringing its Haute Couture show to China, with an event to be held in Shanghai on March 30. The show will be a repeat outing of the Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection that was first presented in January during Paris Couture Week and marks the second couture show in China for Dior, which presented its Spring 2012 Haute

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Italian Police Seize Bulgari Executives’ Assets in Tax Probe

Bulgari Hotel, London | Source: Courtesy Photo

MILAN, Italy — Italian police seized more than 46 million euros ($59 million) of assets from executives linked to jeweler Bulgari including Francesco Trapani, who heads parent company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA’s watch and jewelry unit, for alleged tax evasion.

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