Market Pulse | A Boost in Confidence

Savigny Luxury Index February 2014 | Source: Savigny Partners

The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) leapt by 6.7 percent this month, overperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost six percentage points, as luxury sector investors seem to have received the reassuring they needed from a number of positive signals, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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Market Pulse | Giving Thanks?

Savigny Luxury Index November 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

Investors are moving away from bigger groups towards smaller brands and American “affordable luxury.” Meanwhile, the jury is still out as to whether the crucial trading period from Thanksgiving to Christmas will deliver strong results, but sentiment remains positive, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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Market Pulse | Syria Crisis Pours Cold Water Over the Savigny Luxury Index

Savigny Luxury Index August 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Despite a string of positive results announcements, the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 0.9 percent in August, nevertheless outperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by close to one percentage point, as markets shuddered at the prospect of foreign intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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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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Market Pulse | China Sneezes, but Confidence Returns

Savigny Luxury Index February 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) outperformed with a gain of 6.9 percent for the month versus 2.6 percent for the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Confidence in the sector returned towards the end of the month, with many of the bigger luxury stocks posting gains after having been flat for most of February. Big news Earlier in the month, China’s announcement that industrial output was slowing had sent

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Market Pulse | Bounce Back Amid Clouds

Savigny Luxury Index October 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The market roller coaster continues, but the luxury sector has once again outperformed the general market. While questions remain about the ability for China to sustain the growth of luxury brands, investors seem to be on side again, at least for now. Analysts remain divided about the future of the luxury sector in 2012, amid much macroeconomic uncertainty. Big news • Renewed confidence in the sector

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Market Pulse | Strong results fuel sector growth before tailspin in early August

Savigny Luxury Index July 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Over the past few days, international markets have plummeted in the face of growing uncertainty about the global economy, in particular the debt crisis in Europe and the downgrade of US treasuries by Standard & Poors. In this month’s Market Pulse, we analyse the market’s strong performance in July and provide a market update from the first few days of August. Big news • H1 results beat

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Market Pulse | The Luxury Consumer Is Back

Savigny Luxury Index March 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month’s Market Pulse shows a continuing upward trend for luxury and fashion stocks versus the MSCI World market benchmark, erasing any lingering doubts about the return of the luxury consumer. Big news • Luxury brands have had an excellent start to the year reporting strong Q1 results. Double digit sales growth has been fuelled by continued strong growth in China and economic recovery in the US

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Japan capitalises on cute, Prada profits up, Safilo reports Q1 loss, Viral video spikes traffic, Twiggy’s journey

Shizuka Fujioka, Yu Kimura and Misako Aoki | Source: Daylife

Japan’s Ambassadors of cute (FT) “Economists are now looking at Japan and going: ‘Well, they don’t have the economic clout they had before, but they have a kind of soft power in view of the incredible global popularity of manga and anime.’” Prada’s core profit up 3 percent in 2009 (Reuters) “Italian fashion house Prada said 2009 core profit rose 2.8 percent to 290 million euros ($389.8 million),

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Affordable luxury wins, Fighting shoppers’ guilt, Tom Ford women’s, Safilo finds investor, Jun Takahashi in profile

Tommy Hilfiger Fifth Avenue Flagship | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

‘Affordable Luxury’ Bucks the Crisis (NY Times) “Tommy Hilfiger just opened a 22,000-square-foot store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, a move that, in this economy, some might call insane. But the Hilfiger line, like many midrange designer brands, is growing, while other labels, notably at the high end, are struggling to hang on to market share.” Fighting Back Against Shoppers’ Guilt (WSJ) “Guilt

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Abercrombie shares tumble, Retail sales fall, Safilo open to bids, Giancarlo di Risio to step down

Abercrombie & Fitch ad campaign, courtesy of Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch shares drop sharply (AP) “Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. tumbled Thursday after the teen retailer posted a bigger-then-expected drop in same-store sales for May. Its stock shed $3.56, or 11.3 percent, to $28.12 in midday trading.” Across Low and High Ends, Retail Sales Fell in May (New York Times) “While there have been early signs of stabilization, including improving consumer

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