Christian Dior Couture first half year sales increase 13,4%

Christian Dior Couture, the parent company of Christian Dior SA and LVMH Group, reports first half year sales increased by 13.4% to 747 million euro, or 1.02 billion dollars at average exchange for the period.

The French fashion house said profits from recurring operations increased 47% in the second half of its fiscal year to 84 million euro, or 115.2 million dollars. Sales in directly operated stores increased 19% at constant exchange rates compared with the same period in 2013 “thanks to the excellence of its products,” the group said.

Highlights of the second half of the fiscal year (January 1 – June 30, 2014) include:

- Good resilience in Europe and continued growth in the United States and Asia

- Strong negative exchange rate effect, particularly on Fashion and Leather Goods and on Watches and Jewelry

- Continued exceptional growth for Christian Dior Couture, particularly at its network of directly operated stores (up 19% at constant exchange rates compared to the same period in 2013), thanks to the excellence of its products)

- Wines and Spirits’ sector performance impacted by continued destocking by distributors in China,

- The qualitative development of Louis Vuitton, where profitability remains at an exceptional level

- Continued investment in the fashion brands

- Strong innovation momentum at Parfums Christian Dior 

- Sustained investment in communication for Watches and Jewelry,

- Excellent performance of Sephora and continued expansion plan of DFS,

- Cash from operations before changes in working capital of 3.3 billion euros,

- Net debt to equity ratio of 26% as of the end of June 2014

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