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      May 23, 2016

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    1. May 20, 2016

      Richemont buys back and destroys stock as sales fall

      Sales have fallen so sharply at luxury group Richemont that the Swiss owner of Cartier and Montblanc has been buying...

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      May 20, 2016

      Global gloom takes sparkle off Richemont shares

      If you own jewellers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget people pay attention to what you have to say about...

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      May 20, 2016

      Richemont doubts any 'meaningful improvement' for luxury spending

      Swiss group Richemont issued a gloomy prognosis for the luxury industry as it reported full-year results on Friday,...

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      March 29, 2016

      UBS cuts earnings targets for Swiss watchmakers

      Life is not getting any easier for Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. Swiss watchmakers have had an interesting time...

    5. March 16, 2016

      3D printed watches add new dimension to time-telling

      Watchmakers have spent more than two centuries perfecting the tourbillon mechanism, which brought unprecedented...

    6. March 16, 2016

      Hong Kong luxury watch sales tumble as Chinese travel beyond

      Watchmakers gather for the Baselworld fair against a gloomy economic backdrop. The luxury timepieces industry is...

    7. March 16, 2016

      Jewellers weigh up Baselworld’s worth

      Jewellery brands have more choice than ever of global events at which to meet existing and new clients, even as bad...

    8. January 24, 2016

      Tourist spending on Britain’s high streets rises 2%

      Tourist spending on the British high street returned to growth last year despite volatility in China, a weak renminbi...

    9. January 17, 2016

      Knowledgeable watch buyers turn to vintage pieces

      The last two months of 2015 proved to be a busy period in the world of watch auctions during which the leading players...

    10. January 17, 2016

      Avant-garde brands join traditional line-up at SIHH

      This year’s 26th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie sees a new format for the Geneva-based show...

    11. January 17, 2016

      Growth in wearables sparks ‘battle of the wrists’

      For the global watch industry, the latest James Bond film Spectre has a poignant moment. At the end of his usual...

    12. January 15, 2016

      Hong Kong and China: weakening link

      Hong Kong’s fortunes are believed to rise and fall with those of China. Yet the link between “Asia’s World City” and...

    13. January 14, 2016

      Richemont warns of European sales reversal after Paris attacks

      Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods manufacturer, has reported that the Paris terrorist attacks in November threw growth...

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      January 14, 2016

      Fast Europe Open: Thursday at full throttle

      With earnings and economic releases galore, Thursday is shaping up to be one of the busiest this week in Europe....

    15. January 6, 2016

      Swiss luxury: biding time

      The chief executive of Swatch, Nick Hayek, memorably described it as a “tsunami”. The Swiss National Bank’s decision in...

    16. December 6, 2015

      Business schools respond to globalisation of luxury sector

      A sense of savoir faire has always been vital to the success of luxury brands. But now Europe’s business schools, in...

    17. November 14, 2015

      Vacheron Constantin’s mathematical challenge

      Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch house to have remained in continuous production — and, to mark its...

    18. November 6, 2015

      Julius Baer: grinning and bearing it

      The mood music is hardly auspicious. China’s economic growth is slowing, the renminbi devaluation and emerging market...

    19. November 6, 2015

      Richemont expects uptick in retail sales

      Richemont offered a glimmer of hope in the luxury goods sector on Friday, saying sales in its fashion shops were strong...

    20. September 29, 2015

      Manufacturers exhibit their creative faces at Watches and Wonders

      On Wednesday, Hong Kong’s Convention and Exhibition Centre opens its doors to welcome visitors to the third edition of...

    21. September 16, 2015

      Luxury in China: false dawns

      Can the luxury industry thrive even as the Chinese consumer retrenches? Trading figures from Prada and Compagnie...

    22. September 4, 2015

      Natalie Massenet: influence built on unique brand of femininity

      It was July 2000 when Natalie Massenet launched ecommerce site Net-a-Porter, with just three employees in a Chelsea...

    23. September 3, 2015

      Glencore debt peril means Rio Tinto bid plan only a fading memory

      Jan du Plessis, chairman of Rio Tinto, phones Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of commodities group Glencore* JdP: Ivan? Jan here....

    24. September 3, 2015

      Net-a-Porter founder steps down ahead of ‘perfect fit’ Yoox deal

      Described as “the perfect fit”, the combination of luxury online retailers Yoox and Net-a-Porter was finalised on...

    25. September 2, 2015

      Massenet leaves Net-a-Porter mid-merger

      Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of Net-a-Porter, has resigned from the company, according to a...

    26. June 19, 2015

      Swiss watches: clocking it

      Swiss watchmakers have been going slow. Shares in Swatch and Richemont (home to luxury brands such as Longines and...

    27. June 15, 2015

      Net-a-Porter notches up record sales

      Rising demand from high-spending customers for luxury handbags and designer shoes has helped propel earnings and sales...

    28. June 10, 2015

      Luxury goods face a global reckoning

      As if the luxury goods industry were not already in a fragile mood, Johann Rupert, chairman of Richemont, owner of...

    29. June 5, 2015

      Watchmakers face a bumpy ride after boom

      In the past six months, a cocktail of wavering Asian consumer enthusiasm, currency headwinds and geopolitical...

    30. May 20, 2015

      Burberry: trench time

      Burberry’s signature products — quintessentially British trenchcoats and cashmere scarves — are particularly apt at the...

    31. March 31, 2015

      Yoox and Net-A-Porter: clicking together

      Click, click click. The future of retail is online, with all its convenience and cheapness. But what if you are buying...

    32. March 31, 2015

      Yoox bags Net-a-Porter in merger plan

      Yoox has confirmed an all-share merger with Net-a-Porter, the designer clothing website, which will create the world’s...

    33. March 30, 2015

      Yoox and Net-a-Porter confirm merger talks

      Online luxury retailers Yoox and Net-a-Porter are closing in on a deal to merge their operations, in the latest sign of...

    34. March 27, 2015

      Luxury goods: differentiation rules

      Hermès enjoins the world to see 2015 with the eye of the flâneur, a kind of carefree social observer. That could also...

    35. March 19, 2015

      Baselworld: Exhibitor costs on hold as fragility causes jitters

      After a difficult 12 months when watch exports slowed and currency fluctuations caused turmoil, the Swiss watch...

    36. March 19, 2015

      Baselworld 2015: Swiss watch brands make the best of it

      As the Swiss watch industry gathers on Thursday for the annual Baselworld trade fair, the biggest and most important of...

    37. March 19, 2015

      Interview: Wilhelm Schmid, A Lange & Söhne

      In the depths of the financial crisis, Wilhelm Schmid was working for BMW, the German automaker, when a headhunter...

    38. January 18, 2015

      Star timepieces of the 2015 SIHH show

      The 25th edition of Geneva’s lavish Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) begins on Monday. The show is a...

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