Luxury Goods Take a Hit With China Demand Slowdown

Italian luxury goods maker Prada (1913.HK) reported a 38 percent fall in quarterly profit on Tuesday, hit by slumping sales in Greater China as the country’s economic growth slowed.

A weaker Chinese yuan following this summer’s devaluation of the currency also discouraged purchases by mainland Chinese tourists in Hong Kong, a traditional shopping hub, in the three months through October.

Europe and Japan were the only two areas that saw modest growth, thanks to tourists, while a strong dollar held back travelers headed to the United States.

“Market conditions are still quite complicated,” Chief Financial Officer Donatello Galli told an analyst call, pointing to unstable financial markets and concerns about global security that hurt tourism.

Prada posted a 6 percent drop in sales in August-October to 748 million euros ($819 million). Stripping out the boost from currencies, sales were down 10 percent — with a 26 percent decline in Greater China.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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