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Tiffany & Co: losing its sparkle in Japan

Despite the fall in operating profit, Tiffany's results are solid given the general conditions of the US economic environment. It achieved a 9% rise in sales for the quarter ending July 31, showing the strength of the brand - but Japan remains a problem it has yet to solve.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2006
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Staples: optimistic about growth opportunities

Staples, the world's largest office products company, has outlined its long term strategy for growing the business and, in line with these plans, expects to achieve sales growth of 10% to 15% and earnings growth of 15% to 20% for the full year 2007. As these strategies are sound, its growth targets appear achievable.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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Claire's: a jewel for investors?

In the ten months ended November 2006, total sales at Claire's Stores were up 6% year-on-year while comparable store sales were up 2% - weighed down by same store sales declines in Europe. There are numerous challenges for the accessories retailer in today's global marketplace, but the company has other attributes that help to boost its value.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2006
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Signet Group: issues profit warning

Signet has warned analysts that profits could be lower than expected after a disappointing third quarter. With stores in both the US and the UK, Signet's announcement of a slowdown in sales and a profit warning has been interpreted by many analysts as evidence of the slowdown in consumer spending and a tough Christmas ahead in both markets. However, there are other factors to consider too.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2007
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Tiffany & Co.: good news hampered by one-off losses

The luxury retailer Tiffany & Co. reported positive Q4 and full year results, despite the sharp downturn in the US economy and losses from discontinued operations. Although it is dependent upon international sales to support its full year growth, the company's home market appeared to remain resilient; however, 2008 looks more challenging.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2008
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Claire's Stores: new strategies for growth

Claire's Stores's full-year results were disappointing, despite an increase in sales. A sharp year-on-year decline in Q4, particularly in North America, was attributed to the difficult economic environment in the US and a decline in same store sales. However, the implementation of new strategies should deliver improved performance in the latter half of fiscal 2009, boosted by expansion in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2008
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Signet: between a rock and a hard place

Jewelry specialist Signet is in an awkward situation. While some premium and luxury goods retailers are still performing well, these are largely retailers with aspirational brands able to command loyalty from a highly affluent customer base. This is a very different position to Signet, which offers more affordable luxuries for mainstream consumers and is set to face continuing pressures in 2008.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2008
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Bulgari: net profit collapses

Following a weak end to 2008, when turnover fell by 9.7%, Bulgari is likely to reveal a net loss for Q1 2009, as the global luxury jewelry market contracts in the wake of current economic turbulence. Moreover, as a general economic recovery seems unlikely, the outlook for 2009 remains bleak.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2009
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LVMH: watch sales decline, time's up for luxury?

Despite a weak like-for-like performance, LVMH reported marginal growth in a tough economic climate for the first quarter of 2009. While LVMH is in a stronger position to weather the storm than some rival luxury players due to its strong brands and extensive geographical spread, sales are likely to decline further in the year ahead as the economic downturn shows little signs of improving.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Apr 2009
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Hermes: bags strong growth in Asia

Hermes has reported a resilient performance in the first quarter of 2009, with sales up 3.2% to E428.4 million. Turnover was driven by sales of leather goods, especially in Asia, while favorable currency effects helped to further boost revenue. However, a weaker performance in other product categories and softening demand in Europe pose problems for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2009

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