Luxury Consumer Stories

  • 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

  • H&M ready to wage war against online competitors

    H&M ready to wage war against online competitors

  • Starbucks’ biggest hurdle? It’s own success!

    Starbucks’ biggest hurdle? It’s own success!

  • Yoox-Net-a-Porter sales jump on customer number increase

    Yoox-Net-a-Porter sales jump on customer number increase

  • Disney raises ticket price in U.S. and hopes in Europe

    Disney raises ticket price in U.S. and hopes in Europe

  • Adidas’ latest video ad reiterates creative credentials

    Adidas’ latest video ad reiterates creative credentials

  • Nike’s high-tech designs may hold blueprint for its future

    Nike’s high-tech designs may hold blueprint for its future

  • Christian Dior at 70: more attractive than ever thanks to ‘girl power

    Christian Dior at 70: more attractive than ever thanks to ‘girl power’

  • L’Oréal consider selling The Body Shop

    L’Oréal consider selling The Body Shop

  • Pandora continues to sparkle

    Pandora continues to sparkle

  • H&M partner with Google on ‘coded couture’

    H&M partner with Google on ‘coded couture’

  • Yoox Net-A-Porter boss offers insights

    Yoox Net-A-Porter boss offers insights

  • Shimano unveil new European head office

    Shimano unveil new European head office

  • Adidas reveal swimwear made from ocean plastic

    Adidas reveal swimwear made from ocean plastic

  • Dufry win Channel Islands deal

    Dufry win Channel Islands deal

  • Ulta Beauty attractive to Millennials

    Ulta Beauty attractive to Millennials

  • Samsonite learns to capture Chinese market with ecommerce

    Samsonite learns to capture Chinese market with ecommerce

  • FED: no movement on rates, U.S. economy strengthening

    FED: no movement on rates, U.S. economy strengthening

  • H&M profits rise in Q4

    H&M profits rise in Q4

  • Economic Outlook for February 2017

    Economic Outlook for February 2017

  • Luxottica and DFS launch omni-channel Prada campaign

    Luxottica and DFS launch omni-channel Prada campaign

Latest Luxury Stories

  • 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 ...
  • H&M ready to wage war against online competitors

    H&M ready to wage war against online competitors

    Luxury, Monday, 20 February 2017

    Twenty years ago, affordable luxury brands like H&M had disrupted their traditional luxury forebears. Gone were the days when you had to spend a lot to look good. These new fashion houses, with their unshakably cool and brash branding, shook up the clothing ...
  • Starbucks’ biggest hurdle? It’s own success!

    Starbucks’ biggest hurdle? It’s own success!

    Luxury, Friday, 17 February 2017

    Starbucks can’t handle the volume of orders it’s getting. And it’s only got itself to blame: its Mobile Order and Pay app has driven coffee-fiends from their homes and offices and into the comfort of Starbucks’ stores around the globe. ...
  • Yoox-Net-a-Porter sales jump on customer number increase

    Yoox-Net-a-Porter sales jump on customer number increase

    Luxury, Thursday, 16 February 2017

    Net sales at Yoox-Net-a-Porter (YNAP) rose by 12.4% to €1.87 billion on a reported basis for the year ended December 31 2016, against the same figure from 2015. The driver behind this enviable sales growth? Customers are flocking to the fashionable etailer in ...
  • Disney raises ticket price in U.S. and hopes in Europe

    Disney raises ticket price in U.S. and hopes in Europe

    Luxury, Wednesday, 15 February 2017

    The Walt Disney Company has raised ticket prices for its American theme parks by up to $5 for a single-day ticket. This is an annual event, and the bitter-pill of higher ticket prices is usually offset by cuts to other types of tickets or discount deals, meaning ...
  • Adidas’ latest video ad reiterates creative credentials

    Adidas’ latest video ad reiterates creative credentials

    Luxury, Tuesday, 14 February 2017

    Adidas has engineered a renaissance in recent years through carefully crafted messages of uniqueness, authenticity, and originality. After its glory years in the 90s, the brand fell somewhat by the wayside, and became one of many trainer-makers that ...
  • Nike’s high-tech designs may hold blueprint for its future

    Nike’s high-tech designs may hold blueprint for its future

    Luxury, Monday, 13 February 2017

    Nike’s high-tech designs may hold blueprint for its future Nike’s one of the hottest stocks on the market right now – last week it led the market up for four days, delivering 8% positive performance to investors. This is partly down to a halo ...
  • Christian Dior at 70: more attractive than ever thanks to ‘girl power

    Christian Dior at 70: more attractive than ever thanks to ‘girl power’

    Luxury, Monday, 13 February 2017

    Dior’s history of lead creative reads like a Who’s Who of the fashion world: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Bill Gaytten and Raf Simons have all sat in the hot seat over the years. Having turned 70 yesterday, the iconic ...
  • L’Oréal consider selling The Body Shop

    L’Oréal consider selling The Body Shop

    Luxury, Friday, 10 February 2017

    French beauty giants L’Oréal have got businesses and products across a range of everything from beauty to skincare and cosmetics. However, if reports are to be believed they are now considering selling one of their most high profile high street ...
  • Pandora continues to sparkle

    Pandora continues to sparkle

    Luxury, Friday, 10 February 2017

    Pandora has generated a lot of success in recent years by perfectly skewering the combination of luxury products and affordability. And, this looks set to continue as they have shown revenue growth in their full year sales, which will delight investors and ...
  • H&M partner with Google on ‘coded couture’

    H&M partner with Google on ‘coded couture’

    Luxury, Thursday, 09 February 2017

    H&M are a major player in the high street fashion industry, with collaborations with some of the world’s most recognisable and trendy celebrities as well as boutique collections. Well, they are now teaming up with Google to make customised dresses based on ...
  • Yoox Net-A-Porter boss offers insights

    Yoox Net-A-Porter boss offers insights

    Luxury, Thursday, 09 February 2017

    Running successful global businesses is a collective effort from everyone in the company, from top to bottom, from executives to engineers. Now, one of the men at the head of fashion ecommerce giants Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) has given an interesting interview about ...
  • Shimano unveil new European head office

    Shimano unveil new European head office

    Luxury, Wednesday, 08 February 2017

    Shimano are one of the biggest names in the global cycling and bike equipment market. And now the Japanese firm have shown their continued commitment to excellence as well as expansion in Europe with the unveiling of their new European head office. They are ...
  • Adidas reveal swimwear made from ocean plastic

    Adidas reveal swimwear made from ocean plastic

    Luxury, Tuesday, 07 February 2017

    Adidas’ products are proving extremely popular amongst millennials, sporting enthusiasts and athletes alike because they are fashionable and high on quality. But, another factor underpinning their success over the last few years has been their constant ...
  • Dufry win Channel Islands deal

    Dufry win Channel Islands deal

    Luxury, Monday, 06 February 2017

    Most people know Dufry as the company they turn to when they want to pick up a luxury treat from the duty-free outlet at the airport they are passing through. And, those who don’t know them have probably shopped there too! Now, the company have revealed a new ...
  • Ulta Beauty attractive to Millennials

    Ulta Beauty attractive to Millennials

    Luxury, Friday, 03 February 2017

    The Millennial generation might think more deeply than its forebears about big issues like climate change and business ethics, but it has a superficial side too. As anyone who has gone on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., can attest. It’s ...
  • Samsonite learns to capture Chinese market with ecommerce

    Samsonite learns to capture Chinese market with ecommerce

    Luxury, Friday, 03 February 2017

    With its hordes of newly minted middle class travellers, China should be a gold mine for worldwide luggage market leader, Samsonite. But, this was not always the case. In the first half of 2016, Samsonite saw sales fall by 5.2% in the country. Luckily, Samsonite ...
  • FED: no movement on rates, U.S. economy strengthening

    FED: no movement on rates, U.S. economy strengthening

    All News, Thursday, 02 February 2017

    Markets didn’t bat an eyelid last night as the Federal Reserve (FED) did what was expected of it, and kept interest rates unchanged. Wednesday saw the end of the central bank’s first two-day meeting since President Trump’s inauguration, and ...
  • H&M profits rise in Q4

    H&M profits rise in Q4

    Luxury, Thursday, 02 February 2017

    H&M are one of the market leaders when it comes to high-street fashion, with their stores dotted around shopping centres and retail outlets in many different regions. Now, the fast-fashion giants have released their financial figures for the fourth quarter and ...
  • Economic Outlook for February 2017

    Economic Outlook for February 2017

    All News, Wednesday, 01 February 2017

    The prospect of a business friendly regime from the incoming US government has propelled US equity markets to record levels in January. Given the fact that tax and spending plans are still mostly conceptual, and the fact that these plans cannot be implemented by ...
  • Luxottica and DFS launch omni-channel Prada campaign

    Luxottica and DFS launch omni-channel Prada campaign

    Luxury, Wednesday, 01 February 2017

    Last month Luxottica, one of the world’s leading eyewear companies, announced that they were merging with Essilor, in a monumental deal that caused waves worldwide. Now, the Italian company have teamed up with a Hong Kong based travel retailer on a new Prada ...