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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Market Pulse | Staying the Course

Savigny Luxury Index February 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 2.7 percent in February, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by over one percentage point. The SLI lost ground at the beginning of the month following the questions raised on sector growth by LVMH’s annual results announcement. Big news • Most analysts felt that LVMH’s organic growth numbers for 2012 were a bit lower than expected. This, combined with Mr.

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As LVMH Sales Growth Slows, Will Bernard Arnault go on a Buying Spree?

Bernard Arnault | Source: Courtesy Photo

PARIS, France – LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA is poised to pursue a takeover as revenue growth, led by sales of its eponymous handbags, slows the most in four years. The $87 billion company could go after Burberry Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest luxury-goods producer or Tiffany & Co., the New York-based jeweler, according to luxury industry analysts.

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LVMH Raises Vuitton Japan Prices to Fight Weak Yen

TOKYO, Japan -- LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA raised some prices by an average 12 percent at its flagship brand in Japan, the unit’s biggest price hike, to offset the impact of the yen’s slide on sales. The Louis Vuitton brand raised prices Feb. 15, spokeswoman Kaori Fuse said. Retailers such as LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods maker, are confronting a plunge in the yen that undercuts the value of sales in Japan, the second-biggest market for personal luxury goods. The yen has depreciated against both the dollar and the euro as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked down the value of the currency, promising to implement policies to stimulate the economy and have Japan’s central bank set a…

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Market Pulse | Dealing in All Shapes and Sizes

Savigny Luxury Index January 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 2.8 percent in January, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by a touch over 1 percent. Positive economic news coming out of China sent the SLI into a mini-rally at the beginning of the month, however mixed corporate results announcements took some of the wind out of its sails. From a mergers and acquisitions perspective though, the year has started off with a

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