Luxury Consumer Stories

  • Chinese exposure crucial for luxury brands

    Chinese exposure crucial for luxury brands

  • Remy Cointreau posts strong results in Q4, +6% organic growth

    Remy Cointreau posts strong results in Q4, +6% organic growth

  • L’Oreal displays a beautiful start to the year

    L’Oreal displays a beautiful start to the year

  • Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ set to continue global box office

    Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ set to continue global box office

  • Jing Daily: luxury brands should do more to target Chinese consumers

    Jing Daily: luxury brands should do more to target Chinese consumers

  • H&M looks to brand diversification, logistics, for growth

    H&M looks to brand diversification, logistics, for growth

  • Shimano expands operations in South Carolina

    Shimano expands operations in South Carolina

  • Rémy Cointreau goes digital

    Rémy Cointreau goes digital

  • Is Inditex planning to capture a lower price point?

    Is Inditex planning to capture a lower price point?

  • Does Macau uptick mean that Beijing’s over austerity?

    Does Macau uptick mean that Beijing’s over austerity?

  • Marriott rolls out its ‘asset-light’ strategy, selling Starwood properties

    Marriott rolls out its ‘asset-light’ strategy, selling Starwood properties

  • Coach makes offer on Kate Spade

    Coach makes offer on Kate Spade

  • Can Starbucks solve long-lines with automation?

    Can Starbucks solve long-lines with automation?

  • Clubcorp acquires Norbeck Country Club, third purchase of 2017

    Clubcorp acquires Norbeck Country Club, third purchase of 2017

  • H&M deserves credit for investing in a tough environment

    H&M deserves credit for investing in a tough environment

  • Samsonite’s 2016: ‘best results’ since going public

    Samsonite’s 2016: ‘best results’ since going public

  • Pandora launches ‘DO’ campaign encouraging women to live ‘authentically’

    Pandora launches ‘DO’ campaign encouraging women to live ‘authentically’

  • Royal Caribbean get serious about Instagram

    Royal Caribbean get serious about Instagram

  • Live Nation buys yet another iconic event

    Live Nation buys yet another iconic event

  • Brown-Forman capitalizes on strong U.S. whiskey demand

    Brown-Forman capitalizes on strong U.S. whiskey demand

  • Nike beats on earnings, but “not satisfied” with own performance

    Nike beats on earnings, but “not satisfied” with own performance

  • Hermes’ strong 2016 signals upturn for luxury sector

    Hermes’ strong 2016 signals upturn for luxury sector

  • Meet Richemont’s new smartwatch

    Meet Richemont’s new smartwatch

  • Technogym and IBM collaborate on ‘virtual coach’

    Technogym and IBM collaborate on ‘virtual coach’

  • Adidas takes fast-fashion to new extremes

    Adidas takes fast-fashion to new extremes

  • Starbucks expands mobile payments to China and Asia Pacific

    Starbucks expands mobile payments to China and Asia Pacific

  • Moncler: specialization and diversification will bring growth

    Moncler: specialization and diversification will bring growth

  • Beauty and the Beast cleans up at the box office

    Beauty and the Beast cleans up at the box office

  • Even Beastly films can generate Beautiful revenues

    Even Beastly films can generate Beautiful revenues

  • Inditex: profits rise despite unfavourable currency effects

    Inditex: profits rise despite unfavourable currency effects

  • Pandora and Disney – which one’s beauty, and which one’s the beast?

    Pandora and Disney – which one’s beauty, and which one’s the beast?

  • Ulta Beauty’s 2016: strong sales, ecommerce up 63% in Q4

    Ulta Beauty’s 2016: strong sales, ecommerce up 63% in Q4

  • Chloé picks Natacha Ramsay-Levi as creative chief

    Chloé picks Natacha Ramsay-Levi as creative chief

  • H&M joins the ‘cashless club’

    H&M joins the ‘cashless club’

  • Nike’s next project: superhuman speed!

    Nike’s next project: superhuman speed!

  • Lindt offers sweet results in a sour market

    Lindt offers sweet results in a sour market

  • What sets Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas apart?

    What sets Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas apart?

  • Will Adidas look to capitalize on U.S. market?

    Will Adidas look to capitalize on U.S. market?

  • Movies to drive toy sales through 2017

    Movies to drive toy sales through 2017

  • Moncler revenues up 18% in 2016

    Moncler revenues up 18% in 2016

  • Chinese wages outpace Brazil, Argentina, Mexico

    Chinese wages outpace Brazil, Argentina, Mexico

  • Dufry brings Hudson brand to China

    Dufry brings Hudson brand to China

  • Live Nation sees strong fourth quarter

    Live Nation sees strong fourth quarter

  • Chinese consumers: wealthy, confident, sophisticated

    Chinese consumers: wealthy, confident, sophisticated

  • Clubcorp’s fourth quarter beats the street

    Clubcorp’s fourth quarter beats the street

  • Pandora: India is next jewelry market to conquer

    Pandora: India is next jewelry market to conquer

  • Brown Forman marries consumer trends: nutrition, meet alcohol!

    Brown Forman marries consumer trends: nutrition, meet alcohol!

  • Remy Cointreau most appealing to young drinkers

    Remy Cointreau most appealing to young drinkers

  • L’Oreal reaps the benefit of higher digital spend

    L’Oreal reaps the benefit of higher digital spend

  • Marriott beats expectations in fourth quarter

    Marriott beats expectations in fourth quarter

Latest Luxury Stories

  • Chinese exposure crucial for luxury brands

    Chinese exposure crucial for luxury brands

    Luxury, Friday, 21 April 2017

    It has become almost bring to state that Chinese consumers power luxury spending worldwide, but the extent to which that is true – and the reason behind it – remain absolutely vital for a solid understanding of luxury retail. Globally, the Chinese ...
  • Remy Cointreau posts strong results in Q4, +6% organic growth

    Remy Cointreau posts strong results in Q4, +6% organic growth

    Luxury, Friday, 21 April 2017

    International spirits market leader Remy Cointreau posted strong results this month, demonstrating forward momentum in Asia and stabilization in its biggest market, North America. The company saw organic growth of 6%, with organic growth of the group’s own ...
  • L’Oreal displays a beautiful start to the year

    L’Oreal displays a beautiful start to the year

    Luxury, Thursday, 20 April 2017

    While mass-market and professional products seem to have had a relatively slow start to the year, French beauty giant L’Oreal has managed to buck this trend and deliver strong performance in the first quarter of 2017. Demand for brands like Kiehl’s ...
  • Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ set to continue global box office

    Disney’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ set to continue global box office

    Luxury, Wednesday, 19 April 2017

    Entertainment powerhouse The Walt Disney Company has released details over the next film in its hyper-lucrative Star Wars franchise. We have long known it was slated for release in December this year, but now we know more: it will be called The Last Jedi; various ...
  • Jing Daily: luxury brands should do more to target Chinese consumers

    Jing Daily: luxury brands should do more to target Chinese consumers

    Luxury, Tuesday, 18 April 2017

    According to a report on Jing Daily, the leading digital publication on luxury consumer trends in China, luxury brands worldwide should be doing more to target Chinese consumers. They cite media company Kinetic, which analysed the global luxury shopping market in an ...
  • H&M looks to brand diversification, logistics, for growth

    H&M looks to brand diversification, logistics, for growth

    Luxury, Thursday, 13 April 2017

    H&M saw its shares fall to their lowest levels in four years this March, as it reported inventory levels that had risen by 30% year-on-year. Partly, this is the result of strong competition from rivals like Inditex and Primark. And partly it’s the result ...
  • Shimano expands operations in South Carolina

    Shimano expands operations in South Carolina

    Luxury, Wednesday, 12 April 2017

    Shimano Inc., the Japanese components maker for bicycles and fishing equipment, is investing in a 22,000 square-foot facility in South Carolina. This will be the company’s second expansion in the area, after opening its Charleston County distribution center in ...
  • Rémy Cointreau goes digital

    Rémy Cointreau goes digital

    Luxury, Tuesday, 11 April 2017

    French luxury liquor group Rémy Cointreau has a history that predates the French Revolution, and has seen it transform itself numerous times to capture consumers’ attention. The latest transformation in this 300-year history is to embrace the digital ...
  • Is Inditex planning to capture a lower price point?

    Is Inditex planning to capture a lower price point?

    Luxury, Monday, 10 April 2017

    Inditex has a big group of recognizable brands under its company umbrella, including names like Zara, Pull & Bear, and Massimo Dutti. But one brand you may not have heard of is Lefties. Originally started as an outlet for Zara leftovers in 1993, the brand now ...
  • Does Macau uptick mean that Beijing’s over austerity?

    Does Macau uptick mean that Beijing’s over austerity?

    Luxury, Friday, 07 April 2017

    Ask any luxury investor what they think of President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive, and you are likely to wish your kids weren’t present. In an effort to reduce the scale of corruption in the country, Xi embarked on a program that would outlaw the ...
  • Marriott rolls out its ‘asset-light’ strategy, selling Starwood properties

    Marriott rolls out its ‘asset-light’ strategy, selling Starwood properties

    Luxury, Thursday, 06 April 2017

    Marriott International, the world’s largest hotelier with 30 brands and 6,000 hotels globally, is becoming famous within the industry for its “asset-light” management model. What this means is, Marriott prefers to not own real estate, but rather ...
  • Coach makes offer on Kate Spade

    Coach makes offer on Kate Spade

    Luxury, Wednesday, 05 April 2017

    Luxury fashion company Coach made an offer last week to acquire handbag and accessory maker Kate Spade. Speaking on condition of anonymity to CNBC, three people claimed that the latter company would mull the offer over for the next few weeks before engaging further. ...
  • Can Starbucks solve long-lines with automation?

    Can Starbucks solve long-lines with automation?

    Luxury, Tuesday, 04 April 2017

    Starbucks’ Mobile Order and Pay app has been so successful that the company’s stores can’t keep up with the demand it’s generating. This is a bittersweet problem for the coffeehouse market leader: on the one hand, they don’t want ...
  • Clubcorp acquires Norbeck Country Club, third purchase of 2017

    Clubcorp acquires Norbeck Country Club, third purchase of 2017

    Luxury, Monday, 03 April 2017

    World leader in private clubs, ClubCorp, is having a busy year: just three months into 2017, and the company has already made as many acquisitions! It’s third acquisition, announced in March, is Norbeck Country Club. The club sits on 198 scenic acres with an ...
  • H&M deserves credit for investing in a tough environment

    H&M deserves credit for investing in a tough environment

    Luxury, Friday, 31 March 2017

    It has been a difficult landscape for fashionable clothing retailers recently, so H&M should be commended for having the bravery to invest in itself. In an effort to diversify away from cheap competitors – Primark and Boohoo.com – the company is ...
  • Samsonite’s 2016: ‘best results’ since going public

    Samsonite’s 2016: ‘best results’ since going public

    Luxury, Friday, 31 March 2017

    Earlier in the month, world-leading luggage maker Samsonite posted full-year results for 2016 which saw a 30% rise in profit, and led the company’s chairman to claim they were the ‘best results’ Samsonite had seen since going public in 2011. The ...
  • Pandora launches ‘DO’ campaign encouraging women to live ‘authentically’

    Pandora launches ‘DO’ campaign encouraging women to live ‘authentically’

    Luxury, Thursday, 30 March 2017

    Danish jeweler Pandora is hoping to connect with women the world over through its new marketing campaign, simply titled ‘DO’. The message behind the campaign is one of authentic living. The company is hoping to encourage women to be honest about who they ...
  • Royal Caribbean get serious about Instagram

    Royal Caribbean get serious about Instagram

    Luxury, Wednesday, 29 March 2017

    Global cruise market leader Royal Caribbean is taking social media seriously.  It has recently promised to let veteran Instagrammers travel for free in exchange for social media exposure. So, if you’re one of the many people addicted to the app, get ...
  • Live Nation buys yet another iconic event

    Live Nation buys yet another iconic event

    Luxury, Tuesday, 28 March 2017

    Luxury event ticket seller Live Nation has been expanding rapidly by getting its hands on some of the biggest festivals in the world. But this time, it’s outdone itself. The company’s latest deal, concluded earlier this month, will see it become the ...
  • Brown-Forman capitalizes on strong U.S. whiskey demand

    Brown-Forman capitalizes on strong U.S. whiskey demand

    Luxury, Monday, 27 March 2017

    The last year has seen global drinking preferences shift back towards dark spirits – particularly whiskeys. Market leading distiller and spirits-seller Brown-Forman is not missing the opportunity to capitalize: the company is placing considerable importance on ...
  • Nike beats on earnings, but “not satisfied” with own performance

    Nike beats on earnings, but “not satisfied” with own performance

    Luxury, Friday, 24 March 2017

    Despite beating analysts’ expectations on earnings per share (which were up 24%, year-on-year), Nike is dissatisfied with its third quarter performance. Nike’s revenue was up 5% from the year-ago quarter, but Wall Street expected more, and investors were ...
  • Hermes’ strong 2016 signals upturn for luxury sector

    Hermes’ strong 2016 signals upturn for luxury sector

    Luxury, Friday, 24 March 2017

    French fashion house Hermes wowed investors with strong full year earnings for 2016 on Wednesday. The company – which is best known for its $10,000 birkin bags and printed silk scarves – saw strong sales in its leather goods division, which makes up 50% ...
  • Meet Richemont’s new smartwatch

    Meet Richemont’s new smartwatch

    Luxury, Thursday, 23 March 2017

    When the Apple Watch debuted, many people thought it spelled the end for the Swiss watch industry. That did not come to pass, but a growing suspicion that smartwatches might grow at the expense of traditional timepieces lingers on. Global luxury company Richemont, ...
  • Technogym and IBM collaborate on ‘virtual coach’

    Technogym and IBM collaborate on ‘virtual coach’

    Luxury, Thursday, 23 March 2017

    With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), we’re getting used to the idea of virtual personal assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa. Ut what if you had a virtual fitness coach too? That’s something that Italian fitness equipment supplier and computer ...
  • Adidas takes fast-fashion to new extremes

    Adidas takes fast-fashion to new extremes

    Luxury, Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Adidas wants to shorten the time it takes to get new designs into stores. At present, it takes about 12 – 18 months for Adidas’ designs to make it onto shelves – which is pretty standard in the sneaker industry – but to bring its operating ...
  • Starbucks expands mobile payments to China and Asia Pacific

    Starbucks expands mobile payments to China and Asia Pacific

    Luxury, Wednesday, 22 March 2017

    Starbucks mobile payments platform is so successful that it’s caused the company difficulties in store – a backlog of digital orders has left customers waiting for drinks. While the company looks for equally innovative ways to solve this problem in the ...
  • Moncler: specialization and diversification will bring growth

    Moncler: specialization and diversification will bring growth

    Luxury, Tuesday, 21 March 2017

    Earlier this month, Moncler released results that showed it pass the €1 billion mark in revenue for the first time ever. It beat analyst expectations, and – since 2014 – has more than doubled its revenues. It is also currently seeing strong ...
  • Beauty and the Beast cleans up at the box office

    Beauty and the Beast cleans up at the box office

    Luxury, Monday, 20 March 2017

    Ahead of Beauty and the Beast’s opening last weekend, we speculated that Disney would be onto a winner with its latest live-action remake. That proved, emphatically, to be the case. At time of writing, the film is expected to shatter numerous box office ...
  • Even Beastly films can generate Beautiful revenues

    Even Beastly films can generate Beautiful revenues

    Luxury, Friday, 17 March 2017

    “You and your kids want Happily Ever After? Dust off the DVD of the 1991 original.” This was the opinion of Ty Burr, film critic at the Boston Globe, and one of Rotten Tomatoes ‘Top Critics’, in regards to Disney’s latest live animation ...
  • Inditex: profits rise despite unfavourable currency effects

    Inditex: profits rise despite unfavourable currency effects

    Luxury, Thursday, 16 March 2017

    Spanish fast fashion king Inditex saw profits rise despite unfavourable currency effects in 2016. The company, best known for popular brands like Zara and Massimo Dutti, announced a 10% rise in full year net earnings for 2016. However, currency effects and lower ...
  • Pandora and Disney – which one’s beauty, and which one’s the beast?

    Pandora and Disney – which one’s beauty, and which one’s the beast?

    Luxury, Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    Like the titular characters in its latest film, Disney is partnering with Danish Jeweler Pandora to make something beautiful. The American entertainment powerhouse will soon be releasing the latest live-action update to its canon, a modern version of Beauty and the ...
  • Ulta Beauty’s 2016: strong sales, ecommerce up 63% in Q4

    Ulta Beauty’s 2016: strong sales, ecommerce up 63% in Q4

    Luxury, Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    Ulta Beauty released fourth quarter and full year results for 2016 that show it’s growing in all the right ways. In the fourth quarter, net sales increased by a healthy 24.6% to $1.6 billion, from $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the same period, ...
  • Chloé picks Natacha Ramsay-Levi as creative chief

    Chloé picks Natacha Ramsay-Levi as creative chief

    Luxury, Monday, 13 March 2017

    Veteran designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi has been appointed as creative director at Chloé, one of luxury powerhouse Richemont’s most modern brands. The fashion house was created in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, but it has embraced modern trends, like Ecommerce, in a ...
  • H&M joins the ‘cashless club’

    H&M joins the ‘cashless club’

    Luxury, Friday, 10 March 2017

    H&M made a powerful statement about gender on Women’s Day by announcing its new unisex denim clothing range. But the company also made another announcement which, while perhaps not eye-catching to its fashionista fans, might be more important down the ...
  • Nike’s next project: superhuman speed!

    Nike’s next project: superhuman speed!

    Luxury, Thursday, 09 March 2017

    Global market leading sports apparel brand Nike – probably best known for its trainers, which have retained their popularity for decades – is no stranger to ambitious projects. Understandable, given that the company works with some of the finest physical ...
  • Lindt offers sweet results in a sour market

    Lindt offers sweet results in a sour market

    Luxury, Wednesday, 08 March 2017

    Luxury chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli has released results that show its high-end confectionary is benefiting from increasing demand, despite a slowing chocolate market. While other chocolate retailers saw muted sales, Lindt reported a 6.8% rise in ...
  • What sets Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas apart?

    What sets Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas apart?

    Luxury, Tuesday, 07 March 2017

    Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas is a “smart ship” – that means she offers more innovations than any other ship in the entire industry! In a recent blog post, the company highlighted five ways in which the ship has a unique appeal to its ...
  • Will Adidas look to capitalize on U.S. market?

    Will Adidas look to capitalize on U.S. market?

    Luxury, Monday, 06 March 2017

    German trainer maker and accessible luxury apparel maker Adidas is on a roll. Over the last 12 months, the company has seen its share price appreciate by 66% - and a big part of the underlying success that drove that increase has come from the company’s push ...
  • Movies to drive toy sales through 2017

    Movies to drive toy sales through 2017

    Luxury, Friday, 03 March 2017

    Almost a third of toy sales are pushed by movie franchises like Pixar’s Toy Story and Disney’s Star Wars. But this year, the number will rise to unprecedented levels. Disney is the undeniable expert when it comes to merchandise tie-ins for its filmic ...
  • Moncler revenues up 18% in 2016

    Moncler revenues up 18% in 2016

    Luxury, Friday, 03 March 2017

    Luxury outerwear company Moncler, most famous for its stylish ski jackets, saw an incredible 18% rise in sales for full year 2016, letting it break the billion euro mark with €1.04 billion revenue. The company said that positive performance in regions such as ...
  • Chinese wages outpace Brazil, Argentina, Mexico

    Chinese wages outpace Brazil, Argentina, Mexico

    Luxury, Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    The average wage in China’s manufacturing sector has overtaken that in countries like Brazil and Mexico, and is approaching levels seen in weaker Eurozone countries like Greece and Portugal. This is the result of a decade of incredible growth, which has seen ...
  • Dufry brings Hudson brand to China

    Dufry brings Hudson brand to China

    Luxury, Wednesday, 01 March 2017

    World-leading duty free retailer Dufry is bringing the Hudson Travel Essentials Convenience Bookstores to China, opening eight outlets in Chengdu airport. The airport saw more than 44 million travellers pass through last year alone, and the travel sector in China ...
  • Live Nation sees strong fourth quarter

    Live Nation sees strong fourth quarter

    Luxury, Tuesday, 28 February 2017

    Live Nation, seller of tickets to concerts and other premier events, reported fourth quarter earnings for 2016 last week. Despite traditionally being the slowest quarter of the year for concerts, the company showed solid performance figures. Ticket sales rose by 9%, ...
  • Chinese consumers: wealthy, confident, sophisticated

    Chinese consumers: wealthy, confident, sophisticated

    Luxury, Monday, 27 February 2017

    According to a report by global information data measurement company Nielsen, Chinese consumers are more optimistic about their work and finances than they have been for the last four years. The report, released last Thursday and surveying respondents through the ...
  • Clubcorp’s fourth quarter beats the street

    Clubcorp’s fourth quarter beats the street

    Luxury, Monday, 27 February 2017

    American golf and country club owner ClubCorp reported fourth quarter and full year results for 2016 last week. The company managed to beat analysts’ expectations on the quarter, and turn in its sixth consecutive year of record results. In further news that ...
  • Pandora: India is next jewelry market to conquer

    Pandora: India is next jewelry market to conquer

    Luxury, Friday, 24 February 2017

    At the beginning of the month, Danish jeweler Pandora announced that it’s taking its wares into one of the world’s three-largest jewelry markets: India. The country has a jewelry market worth in excess of $40 billion, and Pandora expects it to grow 7% ...
  • Brown Forman marries consumer trends: nutrition, meet alcohol!

    Brown Forman marries consumer trends: nutrition, meet alcohol!

    Luxury, Friday, 24 February 2017

    Modern consumers are more health conscious than their ancestors were – possibly as a reaction to expanding waistlines in the developed world, or the proliferation of sedentary jobs and lifestyles. But, they still like a drink. Navigating this apparent ...
  • Remy Cointreau most appealing to young drinkers

    Remy Cointreau most appealing to young drinkers

    Luxury, Thursday, 23 February 2017

    Millennial consumers like a drink or two – and their favourite brands are, apparently, all owned by two companies: Remy Cointreau and Pernod Ricard. Millennials are a crucial cohort for businesses to capture – they now outnumber every other generation ...
  • L’Oreal reaps the benefit of higher digital spend

    L’Oreal reaps the benefit of higher digital spend

    Luxury, Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    We’ve written about L’Oreal’s particularly forward-looking management recently, and the benefits it’s bringing the company regarding a host of Millennial-centric concerns like environmentalism, diversity, and digital presence. Now, we’d ...
  • Marriott beats expectations in fourth quarter

    Marriott beats expectations in fourth quarter

    Luxury, Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    The world’s largest hotelier, Marriott International, posted fourth quarter earnings results for 2016 towards the end of last week.  This quarter was important for investors, shedding a little more light on Marriott post-Starwood acquisition, which was ...