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Richemont sales growth slows

Jan 21 2013 08:25
Reuters

Company Data

COMPAGNIE FINANCIERE RICHEMONT SA [JSE:CFR]

Last traded 114
Change 0
% Change 0
Cumulative volume 418021
Market cap 0

Last Updated: 01/01/0001 at 12:00. Prices are delayed by 15 minutes. Source: McGregor BFA

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Zurich - Luxury goods group Richemont [JSE:CFR], maker of Cartier jewellery, gave a cautious outlook on Monday after slowing wholesale demand for its pricey products pushed sales growth in the last quarter below forecasts.

Sales rose 5% at constant exchange rates in the three months to end-December to €2.862bn, missing forecasts for a 7.6% rise in a Reuters poll as the previously booming Asia-Pacific region reported no growth. 

"At this stage, it is unclear how business patterns may develop and how the business in the Asia Pacific region will evolve in the near future," Richemont said in a statement.

Richemont said the rate of wholesale growth fell in the quarter to just 2% from 8% in the April to September period due to caution by retailers in Hong Kong and mainland China and a less favourable environment.

Boutique openings helped maintain retail sales growth at 9%, from 15% in the first half, while strong jewellery sales also helped.

The maker of IWC and Lange & Soehne watches said sales growth in the Americas accelerated to 13% from 4% in the first half, with both retail and wholesale doing well, but sales growth slipped to 9% in Europe from 19%.

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