REPORT_ LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, recorded a 4 percent increase in revenue to reach 21.4 billion euros (27 billion dollars) for the first nine months of 2014. Organic revenue also grew by 4 percent compared to the same period in 2013. In an uncertain economic and financial environment, the Group plans to continue its strategy focused on innovation and targeted geographic expansion in the most promising markets.
With organic revenue growth of 4 percent in the third quarter, the trend remains comparable to that recorded in the first half of the year. An improved growth rate in Europe and the United States during the quarter compensated for the slowdown observed in Asia.
The Wines & Spirits business group saw its organic revenue decline by 3 percent in the first nine months of 2014. The Fashion & Leather Goods business group recorded organic revenue growth of 3 percent during the period under review. Louis Vuitton continued its strong momentum in innovation and creative development driven by Nicolas Ghesquière. True to the Maison’s spirit of innovation, collaboration and boldness, the launch of the new Monogram collection, as interpreted by six famous designers, will be one of the highlights of the fourth quarter. In parallel, new leather lines continue to progress.
Loro Piana remained focused on its strategy of qualitative development. Fendi and Céline made good progress and continued to expand their leather goods and footwear collections while developing their store networks. Other brands, such as Givenchy, Berluti and Kenzo, continued to strengthen their positions. The Perfumes & Cosmetics business group recorded organic revenue growth of 8 percent for the first nine months of 2014, outperforming the market. Parfums Christian Dior continued to benefit from the momentum of its iconic products, in particular with new momentum for J’Adore and the success of Dior Addict. The make-up segment also contributed to the good performance of the brand.
The Watches & Jewelry business group recorded organic revenue growth of 5 percent and the third quarter showed a notable acceleration in the jewelry segment, driven notably by Bvlgari, while watches continued to be impacted by the cautious purchasing behaviour of multi-brand retailers in an uncertain economic environment. The launch of the new watch for women Lvcea by Bvlgari and the success of Hublot’s iconic lines were the key highlights of the quarter.
The Selective Retailing business group recorded organic revenue growth of 8 percent for the first nine months of 2014. Sephora continued to gain market share in key regions. Comparable store revenue growth was particularly strong in the United States and the Middle East. The expansion of the distribution network continues with the opening of its first stores in Indonesia.