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Hermès retail sales rose 8pc in Q1

French leather goods maker Hermès Group’s revenue was up 6 percent in the first quarter of 2016, despite a challenging luxury landscape.

Consolidated revenues for the house were 1.19 billion euro, or about $1.35 billion at current exchange rates. Even with the negative effects of the Paris terrorist attacks, Hermès’ European sales grew 9 percent compared to the same period the previous year, with strong performances of its brand-owned boutiques.

Japan sales were up 13 percent compared to last year, which Hermès attributes to selective distribution. The rest of Asia saw sales rise 4 percent, with growth in China offset by challenges in Hong Kong and Macao.

Hermès’ leather goods and saddlery business grew 15 percent in the quarter. The group has recently established new facilities for leather production, with the fifteenth opened on April 1 in Héricourt.

(Source: Luxury Daily )

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