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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Richemont Falls Most in Two Months After $569 Million Stake Sale

GENEVA, Switzerland — Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, the owner of the Cartier brand, fell the most in almost two months in Zurich trading after a shareholder sold about 7 million shares for 539 million Swiss francs ($569 million). The shares declined as much as 3.1 percent to 77 Swiss francs, the biggest intraday decline since Jan. 21. That was the price at which the stake was sold, according to two people familiar with the transaction. The stock traded 2.6 percent lower at 77.40 francs at 9:29 a.m local time. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which is managing the placement, had originally set a price range of 76.30 francs to 77.50 a share, according to the terms obtained by Bloomberg News. Alan Grieve,…

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Led by China, New Markets to Continue to Drive Luxury Growth, Says Report

Prada Store in Chengdu, China | Source: Prada

The European luxury goods sector will continue to expand over the next five years at 6-7 percent, with the majority of growth driven by consumers from new markets, revealing just how dependent the sector has become on emerging economies.

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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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