Is Fashion Just an Accessory at Richemont?

Dunhill 'Home' in Shanghai, China | Source: Dunhill

ZURICH, Switzerland — While Richemont last week reported a 30 percent gain in annual profit as shoppers spent more on its Cartier jewelry and IWC watches, leather goods and fashion brands such as Lancel and Chloé have struggled. Earnings at Richemont’s so-called soft luxury unit fell by more than half in the last fiscal year.

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Marty Wikstrom, Head of Fashion and Accessories, Leaves Richemont

Richemont | Source: Richemont

LONDON, United Kingdom — Martha 'Marty' Wikstrom, chief executive of fashion and accessories at Compagnie Financière Richemont, has resigned from her post, the luxury group announced today. Richemont is the Swiss parent company of fashion, jewellery and watchmaking companies including Dunhill, Chloé, Cartier and Piaget.

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Market Pulse | China Slowdown Casts a Cloud

Savigny Luxury Index April 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 1.5 percent in April, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost two percentage points. Luxury spending in Europe has been hit by a drop in tourist demand, as well as price increases by brands seeking wider margins. The unusually cold weather, particularly in March, also contributed to weak demand for Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections.

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Richemont Says Full-Year Profit Rose 30% on Favorable Currencies

ZURICH, Switzerland — Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, the maker of Cartier jewelry and IWC watches, said full-year net income rose about 30 percent, boosted by favorable exchange rates. Operating profit rose about 18 percent in the year through March as sales rose 14 percent, the Geneva-based company said today in a statement. Revenue rose 9 percent excluding currency shifts. The company said Swiss stock exchange rules required the announcement and the company will report full results on May 16. By: Janice Kew; Editors: Thomas Mulier, Tom Lavell

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