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Richemont down as Swiss exports drop

2012-10-18 10:28

Johannesburg - Shares of luxury goods retailer Richemont [JSE:CFR] fell as data showed Swiss watch exports dropped for the first time in two-and-a-half years in September, hit by slowing Chinese demand.

Strong Asian demand for luxury watches had helped companies such as Swatch Group and Richemont sail relatively unscathed through the economic turmoil. However, Swiss exports to China fell by 16.3% in September.

Richemont shares are down 3.8% at R55.60, making it the worst performing share on the Top 40 - (Tradeable) [JSE:J200] index which has shed 0.4% so far this morning.