Hermes reports 11 percent revenue increase in the first half of 2017

Hermes consolidated revenues amounted to 2,713 million euros (3,161 million dollars) in the first six months of 2017, up 11 percent at current exchange and 10 percent at constant exchange rates. The company said, group’s stores posted an 11 percent increase in sales, in all the geographical areas and growth was also sustained in the second quarter with 9 percent rise at current exchange and 8 percent at constant exchange rates.

During the first six months, the company said revenue rose in all the geographical areas worldwide. Sales in Asia excluding Japan increased 14 percent, driven particularly by continental China. Japan posted a 3 percent revenue rise, despite the strengthening of the yen. Sales in America improved 9 percent, while Europe reported a 7 percent increase benefitting from store openings and extensions in Rome in October, and London and Munich in March. France, Hermes said posted a good increase in group stores.

12 percent sales growth in leather goods and saddler, the company said, was sustained due to the collections and the diversity of models. The development was supported by the sustained pace of production and the increase in capacities at the three new sites in Charente, Isère and Franche-Comté. In June, the group opened two new production sites, the Maroquinerie de Normandie and the Ganterie-Maroquinerie in Saint-Junien.

The ready-to-wear and accessories division posted 10 percent sales rise, driven by the success of the ready-to-wear collections as well as jewellery accessories and shoes. The silk and textiles business line saw 6 percent sales increase.

The perfumes division witnessed sales growth of 8 percent, while the revenues of watches business line decreased by 1 percent, penalised by a still challenging market, but showed a slight upturn in the second quarter. Other Hermès business lines improved 13 percent, which encompass jewellery, Art of Living and Hermès table arts.

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