BIEL, Switzerland — Swatch Group AG Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek doesn’t mind losing the lead in smartwatches. For now, he’s happy to wait and see whether anyone actually wants to buy them.
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.
Uncertain expectations over Christmas trading amidst mixed retail signals led many institutional investors to take their profit before closing their books at year-end. Meanwhile, the travel retail channel continues to surge and M&A activity remains buoyant, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.
PARIS, France — Worldwide luxury-goods sales will expand at the slowest pace since 2009 this year as slack Chinese consumption and the weakness of the Japanese yen weigh on growth, according to an estimate from Bain & Co.
BIEL, Switzerland — Swatch Group AG, the maker of $50 colorful namesake watches as well as $5,000 Omega timepieces, said it expects a strong second half after first-half profit rose 6.1 percent.