VUITTON A BILLION EURO BABY

LVMH reported fourth-quarter sales of 13.7 billion euros, painting a picture of resilience and offering a measure of reassurance to investors fretting about Chinese luxury consumption as economic uncertainty looms. Profit from recurring operations for the full year hit a new milestone, jumping 21 percent to top the 10 billion euro mark and meeting analyst forecasts.

The figures come amid expectations of a slowdown in Chinese consumption and as trade tensions with the U.S. cast a cloud over the global economy. Chinese consumers account for the bulk of luxury goods purchases, and jittery investors are on the alert for any signs of weakening appetite.

The luxury behemoth posted an 11 percent rise in full-year sales on an organic basis to 46.83 billion euros, with brisk growth from its largest division, fashion and leather goods. The company’s largest division, fashion and leather goods, which includes its star Louis Vuitton label as well as Dior, Givenchy and Celine, posted 17 percent sales growth, beating expectations.

LVMH last month announced its $2.6 billion acquisition of Belmond, pushing deeper into the hotels business in a bid to position itself to tap into demand from younger generations who show an affinity for experience over accumulating stuff.

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