• The Shocking Size of China ecommerce
  • Apple Watch: 75% Market Share in 3 Months
  • 3 Quick Ways to lose $7.5 billion
  • Greying Dragon needs more babies
  • Apple - what's going to happen?
  • Burberry - 20 years younger in China
  • Traders choose healthcare over Tech
  • The Rise of the Robot Worker
  • Luxottica Global Strength
  • The Shocking Size of China ecommerce
  • How to feed 9.2 Billion People in 2050
  • 3 Quick Ways to lose $7.5 billion
  • Greying Dragon needs more babies
  • Apple - what's going to happen
  • Burberry - 20 years younger in China
  • Traders choose healthcare over Tech
  • The Rise of the Robot Worker
  • Luxottica Global Strength

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  • Chinese tourists in Japan push Hermes operating profit up 20%

    Chinese tourists in Japan push Hermes operating profit up 20%

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 28 August 2015

    Hermes International released earnings results for the first half of the year today, saying Chinese tourists help boost sales of luxury items in Japan, contributing to a 20% rise in operating profit. The luxury brand, best known for its silk scarves and Birkin bags, ...
  • Nike outpacing rivals in race to sustainable future

    Nike outpacing rivals in race to sustainable future

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 27 August 2015

    When we use the word ‘sustainable’ today, it’s usually in reference to how environmentally sound something is. Increasingly, luxury clothes manufacturers are finding that environmental sustainability and financial sustainability are converging. There are a ...
  • Estée Lauder: Millennials are key to Clinique turn-around

    Estée Lauder: Millennials are key to Clinique turn-around

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 27 August 2015

    In June, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA) surprised luxury investors with a survey designed to identify Millennials’ favorite cosmetics and beauty brands, reporting the following: “Estée Lauder’s Clinique and MAC lines were two of the top five most-cited ...
  • Speed is of the essence… Amazon Prime Now

    Speed is of the essence… Amazon Prime Now

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    Amazon was undoubtedly a game changer when it launched to the public in 1995. 10 years later, Amazon Prime was introduced, evolving to deliver streamed music and video, and free 2-day delivery on upwards of 20 million products available on its web-based shop front. ...
  • Global smartphone growth and contactless payments

    Global smartphone growth and contactless payments

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    With the constant battle between Apple and Samsung it was only a matter of time before Steve Jobs’ legacy had to face its rival in the mobile payments arena. With Apple Pay taking the market by storm in recent months, contactless payments are an ever-growing ...
  • PayPal: Modest acquisition contextual shopping

    PayPal: Modest acquisition contextual shopping

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    PayPal is moving into the world of contextual commerce having just acquired Modest, a startup from Chicago. The move, PayPal’s first acquisition since it parted company with eBay, will help the company to transition into offering “a complete commerce ...
  • Deere Q3: all businesses ‘solidly profitable’ despite industry headwinds

    Deere Q3: all businesses ‘solidly profitable’ despite industry headwinds

    Managed, Tuesday, 25 August 2015

    Deere and Company, the largest agricultural machinery manufacturer in the world best known for its John Deere tractors, reported 3Q2015 results, beating analysts’ Earnings Per Share (EPS) expectations by $0.09. Worldwide net sales and revenues decreased by 20% to ...
  • Apple & Netflix lead US out of rollercoaster market

    Apple & Netflix lead US out of rollercoaster market

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 25 August 2015

    Monday saw the Dow Jones open more than 1000 points down (the largest 1 day drop in its history), following on from an 8.46% drop on Shanghai’s Composite Index, and an average 5% drop on Europe’s major indices. There were grounds to be a bit a nervous. Yesterday ...
  • From Hollywood to home: how movies predicted tech

    From Hollywood to home: how movies predicted tech

    Managed, Tuesday, 25 August 2015

    If you’re older than 20, you probably remember a time before mobile phones, widespread Internet use, and Google. In fact, the ability to watch breaking news, track the stock markets, and be in touch with anyone, anywhere, for free, all thanks to a little device in ...
  • Yoox embraces the ‘Instagram effect’

    Yoox embraces the ‘Instagram effect’

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 25 August 2015

    Social media is changing the world in a number of interesting ways, but one of the most unexpected has been dubbed the ‘Instagram effect’. Named after a popular, arty, photo-sharing social media site, it describes the widespread fear amongst female millennials ...
  • Global water demand to exceed supply by 2030

    Global water demand to exceed supply by 2030

    Managed, Monday, 24 August 2015

    In most parts of the world, it’s very easy to take clean drinking water for granted. But a recent UN report suggests that may soon change. The report warns that the planet could face a shortfall of up to 40% against needs within 15 years. Already, approximately ...
  • Mobile apps are literally game-changing

    Mobile apps are literally game-changing

    Ecommerce, Monday, 24 August 2015

    There was a time when buying a computer game was a simple process. You bought a disk or cartridge, loaded it, played it, and then maybe traded it in at the store for a new one. However, recent shifts in the industry have seen this business model shaken up. Today, ...
  • Brazil: is free internet one of the keys to economic growth?

    Brazil: is free internet one of the keys to economic growth?

    Ecommerce, Monday, 24 August 2015

    Brazil, once a promising region for the smartphone industry, has its fair share of challenges. With growing unemployment figures and a shrinking economy, many Brazilians have opted out of the smartphone revolution – not only are the phones substantially more ...
  • Changing content to attract a younger audience

    Changing content to attract a younger audience

    Ecommerce, Monday, 24 August 2015

    Netflix has gained significant attention for its adult-themed original content such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. However, its move into more child friendly programming has gone relatively unnoticed. It is not alone in this, as ...
  • Markets tumble but what happens next?

    Markets tumble but what happens next?

    News, Monday, 24 August 2015

    Over the past week and a half, global markets have taken a battering. China’s main stock index fell 11.5% - nearly to the same low it reached at the depth of July’s plunge – causing worldwide panic among investors. The U.S. market, which has thus far been ...
  • Apple – What’s going to happen on Sept 9th?

    Apple – What’s going to happen on Sept 9th?

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 21 August 2015

    Although the invites have not gone out yet, it is no secret that Apple is planning their annual product launch on September 9th. As we approach the date the internet is entering its annual phase of speculation over Apple’s plans. The Cupertino-based tech giant is ...
  • Google searches for new tech

    Google searches for new tech

    Ecommerce, Friday, 21 August 2015

    A new 3D printing startup, Carbon3D, just raised $100 million in a funding round led by Google Ventures, highlighting just how hot 3D printing has become, and leading to questions about whether Google has plans for 3D printing in some of its own experimental ...
  • eBay focused strategy - sells stake in Indian Ecommerce

    eBay focused strategy - sells stake in Indian Ecommerce

    Ecommerce, Friday, 21 August 2015

    A year and a half after leading a $134 million funding round into Snapdeal, eBay is selling some of its stake in the promising new Indian ecommerce platform. This news, announced on 18 August, is the latest in a short but significant list of eBay’s recent ...
  • Cyber security - Ashley Madison bares all!

    Cyber security - Ashley Madison bares all!

    Ecommerce, Friday, 21 August 2015

    Cyber security is a serious subject, as demonstrated by the Sony hack in 2014 which brought the Japanese powerhouse to almost a standstill. It is something, security experts warn, that is taken much too lightly. On 18 August, a group of hackers exposed details, ...
  • Apple’s self-driving car - more than a rumour?

    Apple’s self-driving car - more than a rumour?

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 19 August 2015

    The rumors that Apple has definitely been developing a self-driving car became much more credible this week and may be further along than many suspected. The UK’s Guardian newspaper obtained documents of correspondence through a public records act request that ...
  • Facebook drives more internet traffic than Google!

    Facebook drives more internet traffic than Google!

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 19 August 2015

    Internet traffic analytics firm Parse.ly (yes, that is really how they write their name) have announced that Facebook, the world’s largest social network, now drives more traffic to news sites than any other player – including former market leader Google. ...
  • Estee Lauder: hurt by currency but still strong

    Estee Lauder: hurt by currency but still strong

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 19 August 2015

    Estee Lauder posted Q4 earnings results in August. The company saw revenue of $2.52 billion, against expectations of $2.57 billion, and down from the year ago quarter of $2.73 billion. Why the miss? In a word: Currency. However, the company comfortably beat ...
  • What does PayPal want to know about exports? Everything

    What does PayPal want to know about exports? Everything

    Managed, Tuesday, 18 August 2015

    Online payment provider PayPal is partnering with the U.S. Commerce Department to access data about how consumers spend their money, and how U.S. businesses should focus their export efforts to match consumers’ spending needs, according to the Wall Street Journal ...
  • Wolters Kluwer acquires 100% of Learner's Digest

    Wolters Kluwer acquires 100% of Learner's Digest

    Managed, Tuesday, 18 August 2015

    Healthcare really is becoming a global focus area and is attracting interest from a number of sectors. On 14 August, information provider and publisher Wolters Kluwer announced that it will expand its Health Learning, Research and Practice division by acquiring 100% ...
  • Marine Harvest: Q3 looks brighter than Q2

    Marine Harvest: Q3 looks brighter than Q2

    Managed, Tuesday, 18 August 2015

    If you are a lover of seafood, and Salmon in particular, the chances are you have already tried the products of Marine Harvest – even though you may not be aware of the company. Marine Harvest is the world’s largest fish-farming company and owner of 12 of the ...
  • Macy’s: Disappointing Q2 results may excite in the long-term

    Macy’s: Disappointing Q2 results may excite in the long-term

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 17 August 2015

    Macy’s released its 2Q2015 results on 12 August, posting figures that disappointed both the company’s management and shareholders. Total sales dropped 2.6% against the year-ago quarter, comparable sales were down 2.1%, and net income fell 26% to $217 million. ...
  • Dufry acquires 50.1% of World Duty Free for massive global reach

    Dufry acquires 50.1% of World Duty Free for massive global reach

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 17 August 2015

    Basel based duty free operator Dufry was able to close its acquisition of Italian rival World Duty Free. The two companies were the largest (Dufry) and second largest (World Duty Free) companies operating in the business, and this acquisition will result in Dufry ...
  • Burberry move to reclaim Japan

    Burberry move to reclaim Japan

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 17 August 2015

    Over the past 45 years, Burberry’s Japanese outlets have sold everything from golf bags to Burberry-clad Barbie dolls thanks to a license which left the brand’s Japanese business and products sold in the hands of local vendors. However, in June, Burberry’s ...
  • Novartis’ new heart-failure drug best on the market

    Novartis’ new heart-failure drug best on the market

    Managed, Friday, 14 August 2015

    Following FDA approval last month, Swiss-based global healthcare company Novartis has just released a new drug, called Entresto, to treat heart failure. According to Eyewitness News, Adrian Hernandez, MD, a leading cardiologist overseeing research at Duke ...
  • Crowd Funding, Eco Friendliness and Water

    Crowd Funding, Eco Friendliness and Water

    Managed, Friday, 14 August 2015

    Climate Change and conservation of natural resources has been on the agenda of governments, scientists and conservationists for a long time, but something is changing now. And it’s something fundamental. Being “Eco Friendly” is becoming fashionable, and may be ...
  • Pandora: ‘Lord of the Rings’ in Q2

    Pandora: ‘Lord of the Rings’ in Q2

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Danish Jeweller Pandora announced strong 2Q2015 earnings results on 11 August, as demand for its rings and bracelets went from strength to strength. The company has experienced remarkable growth recently, opening hundreds of new stores, releasing a slew of new ...
  • ‘Release the Shade Balls!’ California’s water crisis takes a surreal turn.

    ‘Release the Shade Balls!’ California’s water crisis takes a surreal turn.

    Managed, Thursday, 13 August 2015

    In what can only be described as a bizarre scene, the morning of August 11 saw 20,000 ‘shade balls’ released into the L.A. reservoir. Shade balls are spheres coated with a chemical which blocks UV light, intended to reduce evaporation, algae growth, and toxic ...
  • KUKA is ringleader of robotic revolution

    KUKA is ringleader of robotic revolution

    Managed, Thursday, 13 August 2015

    Industrial robot manufacturer KUKA Group is on the cutting edge of the robotics trend and its associated fields of automated work and artificial intelligence. We have written about robots replacing human labour in China (see here), but that story is just the tip of ...
  • The impact of China’s devaluing Yuan - updated 14 August

    The impact of China’s devaluing Yuan - updated 14 August

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Tuesday that China’s central bank (PBOC) has devalued the Yuan, causing the currency to fall 4% against the US Dollar, the biggest one day change in two decades, and the slide is continuing today. The move is causing ...
  • Wearable tech: the next game-changer?

    Wearable tech: the next game-changer?

    Managed, Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    Wearables is the hottest topic in Tech. Market research company IDC reports that the wearable-tech market exploded in 2014, growing faster than any other segment in the consumer-electronics market. IDC also projects this market to grow by 600% to reach 155.4 million ...
  • How to feed 9.2 Billion People in 2050

    How to feed 9.2 Billion People in 2050

    Managed, Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.6 billion, forcing the human race to answer a question that has been posed more than once in its history: how can we feed so many people? According to World Food Prize recipient Gebisa Ejeta, ...
  • Apple & Samsung: the Smartphone decline

    Apple & Samsung: the Smartphone decline

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Since 2007 and the birth of the iPhone we have been bombarded with endless news about the birth and rise of the smartphone, but is that story about to change? Since we reported on the strange market reaction to Apple’s earnings report in July (see link below) ...
  • Google reorganisation to focus on ABCs of business

    Google reorganisation to focus on ABCs of business

    Managed, Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    In a surprise announcement from Google co-founder Larry Page on 10 August, shareholders discovered that Google; the world’s second most valuable company which added $65 billion to its value overnight on the back of last quarter’s earnings, is reorganising itself ...
  • Monsanto may make GM crops obsolete

    Monsanto may make GM crops obsolete

    Managed, Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    The world’s largest genetically modified seed manufacturer, Monsanto, is working on a technology that may make its GM crops seem slow and old-fashioned: an RNA spray. Unlike genetic modification, which alters the genome of a seed, thereby changing the resultant ...
  • Innovation and industry tailwinds see Marriott go from strength to strength

    Innovation and industry tailwinds see Marriott go from strength to strength

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Industry leading hotelier Marriott International, which while obviously including Marriott Hotels is also responsible for more boutique brands such as Ritz Carlton, JW Marriot, Edition, Delta and Bulgari Hotels, is riding an impressive wave of success as their ...
  • Art is up but Sotheby's is down. Why?

    Art is up but Sotheby's is down. Why?

    Managed, Monday, 10 August 2015

    At a time when the art market is breaking record after record, Sotheby’s auction house, held in Dominion’s Luxury Consumer fund, has reported worse than expected earnings in 2Q2015: net income fell from $77.6 million to $67.5 million year-on-year, caused by the ...
  • Mosaic: Helping to feed the world - profitably

    Mosaic: Helping to feed the world - profitably

    Managed, Friday, 07 August 2015

    Mosaic, the US Minneapolis based fertilizer giant and the world's largest supplier of phosphate and potash fertilizer products to the farming industry, posted strong 2Q results on 4 August, showing particular strength on the earnings front. Sales increased 2% to ...
  • Norwegian Cruise Line: profit soars +42%

    Norwegian Cruise Line: profit soars +42%

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reported positive earnings for Q2 on 4 August, with stronger ticket pricing and higher onboard spending boosting profits and revenue. The company posted profit by 42% to $158 million against $111.6 million for the same quarter last ...
  • Activision Blizzard shoots for the stars

    Activision Blizzard shoots for the stars

    Ecommerce, Wednesday, 05 August 2015

    Dominion’s Global Trends Ecommerce fund invests across a number of sectors, but one of the most interesting is the video games sector. If that strikes you as strange you should consider the following: video games are inextricably tied to a number of the biggest ...
  • Greek Crisis? Not for Visa!

    Greek Crisis? Not for Visa!

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 04 August 2015

    Seeking to avert a banking melt down – where Greek citizens removed all their money from the banks in case the country left the Euro currency – Athens instituted a withdrawal restriction in June this year: Greeks can withdraw up to €420 a week. These ...
  • The Rise of the Robot Worker

    The Rise of the Robot Worker

    Managed, Monday, 03 August 2015

    In what could be a landmark moment for how we think about factory workers and manufacturing, the Changying Precision Technology Company launched the first ever unmanned factory. It's more efficient, it's faster, it's cheaper to run, and there are no people. Sounds ...
  • Economic Outlook for August 2015

    Economic Outlook for August 2015

    All Stories, Saturday, 01 August 2015

    What happened in Greece stayed in Greece During the month, negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors caused rising tension, and by mid-July, markets were braced for “Grexit”. Interestingly the Greek crisis showed virtually no contagion to ...
  • Delphi: Strong Q2 and Smarter Cars

    Delphi: Strong Q2 and Smarter Cars

    Managed, Friday, 31 July 2015

    Delphi, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of auto-parts, is one of the companies held in Dominion’s Global Trends Managed funds as part of the Industrials trend. This trend is defined by those companies that are innovating and evolving necessary industry ...
  • Ingredion: strong results set tone for agriculture

    Ingredion: strong results set tone for agriculture

    Managed, Friday, 31 July 2015

    Ingredion, the US ingredient solutions company, has been around a long time – but it is only fairly recently that the company is starting to attract headlines; first making the the Forbes 500 list in 2013 it was named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies in ...
  • Amer Sports +10.92% & Nike +8.12%

    Amer Sports +10.92% & Nike +8.12%

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Sports manufacturers are having a good summer and in fact a pretty good year. Few more so than Finnish sporting goods maker Amer Sports, who are best known for brands like Wilson, and Nike, which needs little introduction. With the ever elegant Nike dressed Roger ...
  • Tetra Tech reports record-breaking operating cash flow in Q3

    Tetra Tech reports record-breaking operating cash flow in Q3

    Managed, Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Tetra Tech provide services including engineering and consultancy around water management, energy and the environment. Dominion invests in the company through our Global Trends Managed funds as part of the Water Global Trend which looks for opportunities associated ...
  • Moncler: +88% net sales income

    Moncler: +88% net sales income

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Italian luxury clothing maker Moncler, which is particularly famous for its skiing jackets, reported excellent earnings for the first half of 2015 on 29 July. The company increased revenues by an impressive 26%, when adjusted for currency fluctuations, from the ...
  • Global Payments Earnings - shares up 27% this year

    Global Payments Earnings - shares up 27% this year

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 30 July 2015

    Global Payments reported Q4 2015 earnings on 28 July, safely beating analysts’ expectations for the quarter. The electronic transaction processor recorded revenue of $706.5 million in the period, surpassing the markets forecast of $701.9 million, and beat ...
  • China: The ‘Greying Dragon’ needs more babies

    China: The ‘Greying Dragon’ needs more babies

    All Stories, Thursday, 30 July 2015

    In an effort to avoid an impending demographics disaster stemming from the rapidly aging population of China and the need for an equally big work force of younger people, Beijing may may be about to replace its controversial 1 child policy with a 2 child policy. ...
  • LVMH is celebrating biggest profit since 2012

    LVMH is celebrating biggest profit since 2012

    Luxury Consumer, Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    French-based multi-national luxury goods conglomerate LVMH reported highly impressive 2Q2015 results on 29 July, with its fashion and leather goods division leaping 10% in organic growth - way above analysts’ expectations. Watches and Jewelry also saw stellar ...
  • Syngenta increases sale but hurt by currency

    Syngenta increases sale but hurt by currency

    Managed, Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    Syngenta, the world’s largest manufacturer of crop chemicals, reported better than expected 2015 half year earnings on 23 July. Sales and earnings were both down, but beat analysts’ expectations given the currently tough environment of low crop prices – an ...
  • Waters Corp strong Q2 as pharmaceutical industry recovers

    Waters Corp strong Q2 as pharmaceutical industry recovers

    Managed, Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    Waters Corp, a maker of analytic instruments for laboratories, posted positive quarterly results on 28 July, increasing net sales by 2.7% year-on-year to $494.7 million, and reporting an increased $1.32 Earnings Per Share, beating analysts’ expectations of $1.27. ...
  • Wolters Kluwer beat expectations

    Wolters Kluwer beat expectations

    Managed, Wednesday, 29 July 2015

    Wolters Kluwer, the Dutch provider of information and software to professional services companies including accountants and law firms, reported results for the first half of the year on 29 July, beating expectations on top and bottom line estimates and reiterating ...
  • Healthcare more interesting than Tech? Some think so

    Healthcare more interesting than Tech? Some think so.

    Managed, Tuesday, 28 July 2015

    Despite great results from some of the technology stocks held in Dominion’s Global Trends range of funds (Apple, Visa, Google), some investors seem to feel that this reporting season is a disappointing one for technology companies. As a result, many traders are ...
  • Luxottica seeing strong sales everywhere

    Luxottica seeing strong sales everywhere

    Luxury Consumer, Tuesday, 28 July 2015

    Almost no one realises it, but if you have worn any, and we do mean any, designer sunglasses over the past twenty years, then there is a 99% chance they were made by Luxottica or Safilo; two Italian companies that have absolutely dominated the designer eyeware ...
  • Google’s ‘instant buy’ button

    Google’s ‘instant buy’ button

    Ecommerce, Tuesday, 28 July 2015

    97% of goods placed in virtual shopping baskets on mobile devices are never actually bought. Why? Because its simply too tricky on a mobile device. To address this issue Google announced in July an “Instant Buy” function which will allow Google+ customers to buy ...
  • Apple Watch: 75.5% market share in 3 months

    Apple Watch: 75.5% market share in 3 months

    Ecommerce, Monday, 27 July 2015

    According to a report released on July 22, Apple is now the market leader in smartwatches by a mile. Strategy Analytics, who compiled the research, claim Apple Watch has a dominant 75.5% marketshare, pushing Samsung’s marketshare down from 73.6% to 7.5%, and all ...
  • China opens borders for console gaming

    China opens borders for console gaming

    Ecommerce, Monday, 27 July 2015

    China has announced that it’s lifting the ban on the manufacture and sale of video game consoles within its borders “paving the way for foreign companies like Sony Corp and Microsoft Corp to expand into one of the world’s largest videogame markets” according ...
  • Burberry: The Devil doesn’t wear Prada anymore.

    Burberry: The Devil doesn’t wear Prada anymore.

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 27 July 2015

    According to Frontier Economics, luxury retailers could lose as much as $82 billion of sales thanks to cheap imitation goods sold online this year. As a result, top brands are stepping up their online security measures to protect their profit and, ultimately, their ...
  • VF Corp: doing great despite currency headwind

    VF Corp: doing great despite currency headwind

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 27 July 2015

    VF Corp posted strong second-quarter earnings, showing improvement across the board on 24 July. The multi-brand designer, manufacturer, marketer and distributer of Lifestyle Apparel behind Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, and Nautilus beat analysts’ expectations and ...
  • TripAdvisor misses expectations, catches something more important

    TripAdvisor misses expectations, catches something more important

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 July 2015

    TripAdvisor reported 2Q2015 financial results that were met with disappointment from investors on 23 July. Revenue increased by 25% while net income fell 15%, meaning it failed to live up to expectations in both measures. As a result, its share price fell in ...
  • Starbucks: Digital and healthy = +22% profit

    Starbucks: Digital and healthy = +22% profit

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 24 July 2015

    Starbucks reported an impressive jump in quarterly sales and profit, driven in part by digital initiatives and new healthier menu offerings, on 23 July. Same store sales for the coffee juggernaut rose 7% globally in 3Q2015, driven by a 4% increase in customer ...
  • Celebrity pays off for Under Armour

    Celebrity pays off for Under Armour

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 24 July 2015

    Under Armour reaped the rewards of its marketing in 3Q2015, increasing revenues 28.5% year-on-year to $784 million thanks to sponsorship deals with some of the world’s most famous sports stars, including the NBA’s most valuable player Stephen Curry, Master’s ...
  • Visa beats expectations

    Visa beat expectations

    Ecommerce, Friday, 24 July 2015

    Visa Inc., the world’s largest payment network, reported strong 3Q2015 results on 23 July, causing the stock to rally 13.74%. Revenues were up 11% year-on-year, from $3.16 billion to $3.52 billion, easily beating analysts’ expectations of $3.36 billion.  ...
  • Interactive Brokers: +43% profit, incredible growth potential

    Interactive Brokers: +43% profit, incredible growth potential

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Online discount brokerage firm and market maker Interactive Brokers reported very positive results on Tuesday. The company’s 2Q2015 profit jumped 43% year-on-year, easily beating estimates. Its customer accounts grew 18% in the same time frame, from 262,000 ...
  • Polaris zooms past sales records

    Polaris zooms past sales records

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Polaris Industries, maker of Hollywoods favourite motorcycle brand, crazy off-road vehicles and snowmobiles; broke second quarter records for sales and earnings this quarter. Sales increased 11% year-on-year to $1.1 billion, and net income increased 4% to ...
  • Ferrari For Sale

    Ferrari For Sale

    Luxury Consumer, Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Luxury investors’ engines have been revving over the last few days following the announcement that Fiat Chrysler has filed for Ferrari’s IPO. Ferrari has been part of Fiat since 1969, when the latter company first acquired a 50% stake in the luxury automaker, ...
  • Dassault Systemes global growth in Q2

    Dassault Systemes global growth in Q2

    Managed, Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Engineering and design software company Dassault Systemes, posted strong Q22015 earnings on July 23, confirming the company’s future growth prospects. These earnings are the latest in a very positive year for Dassault, which has seen its share price up 26% in 2015 ...
  • Microsoft - 3 Quick Ways to Lose $7.5 billion in Mobile

    Microsoft - 3 Quick Ways to Lose $7.5 billion in Mobile

    Ecommerce, Thursday, 23 July 2015

    Microsoft - 3 Quick Ways to Lose $7.5 billion in Mobile  Microsoft recently reported its largest ever quarterly net loss following a $7.5 billion write down of Nokia. The software giant hoped to breathe new life into its mobile business, but inability to gain ...
  • Apple’s disappointing 59% iPhone growth?

    Apple’s disappointing 59% iPhone growth?

    All Stories, Wednesday, 22 July 2015

    Fortune magazine said: “Only Apple could grow revenues by 33%, stash away $202 billion in cash, gain market share in nearly every product line and still trigger a run on the stock.” Nicely said, but that really only scratches the surface. Investing in a company ...
  • Move over Google: John Deere’s been driverless for 15 years!

    Move over Google: John Deere’s been driverless for 15 years!

    Managed, Tuesday, 21 July 2015

    If your only exposure to the agriculture industry has been found at the dinner table, you could be forgiven for thinking that Google was leading the revolution in driverless technology. But the truth is that while Google’s been featured in most of the headlines, ...
  • PayPal and eBay part on great results +12.42%

    PayPal and eBay part on great results +12.42%

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 20 July 2015

    eBay’s latest earnings release was the last to include PayPal, as the electronic payments provider began trading publicly as an independent company on the 21st July. Although some analysts have voiced concerns over eBay’s post-PayPal profitability, the ...
  • Googles add $68B of market cap and new CFO + 25.76%

    Googles add $68B of market cap and new CFO + 25.76%

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 20 July 2015

    Google trampled analysts’ expectations last Friday when it announced 2Q2015 figures, adding $65 billion to the company’s market value overnight and cementing its position as the second most valuable company in the world after Apple. The company’s share price ...
  • Who drinks the most Champagne?

    Who drinks the most Champagne?

    Luxury Consumer, Monday, 20 July 2015

    If you were asked which country, other than France, consumed the most champagne it’s unlikely you would guess it was Nigeria. Sales of Champagne in Nigeria are growing and are estimated to hit levels of 1.5 million bottles per annum by 2017. This is just one of ...
  • National Oilwell Varco -  $10.2 billion contract backlog

    National Oilwell Varco - $10.2 billion contract backlog

    Managed, Monday, 20 July 2015

    National Oilwell Varcoreported its 2Q2015 results on 28 July. The oil-field equipment maker beat analysts’ expectations thanks to its strong contract backlog and cost cutting initiatives, reporting revenue of just over $3.9 billion for Q22015, 19% lower than last ...
  • The shocking power of China’s ecommerce market

    The shocking power of China’s ecommerce market

    Luxury Consumer, Friday, 17 July 2015

    To say Chinese ecommerce is big is an understatement on the scale of Douglas Adams (author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) when he described Space as being “really big”. In other words, there are few phrases that can really capture the potential of what ...
  • Sweet news for Lindt Investors

    Sweet news for Lindt Investors

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