Kering’s Jewelry Brands Give Strong Performances in Q3

FinancialsOct 25, 2019

Kering’s Jewelry Brands Give Strong Performances in Q3

Boucheron was a standout in the jewelry segment, while Ulysse Nardin bolstered the watch category.

The Ruban Graphique Necklace, composed of emeralds, diamonds, onyx, black lacquer and white gold from Boucheron’s Worn Couture collection. The brand performed well in parent company Kering’s third quarter.

Paris—Luxury conglomerate Kering reported “robust growth” in jewelry in its third-quarter results as well as double-digit overall revenue growth.

Third-quarter revenue totaled €3.88 billion ($4.31 billion), a 12 percent increase on a comparable basis.

Revenue for the first nine months totaled €11.52 billion ($12.79 billion), a 14 percent increase year-over-year.

Online sales rose 20 percent while wholesale climbed 9 percent.

Kering’s brand portfolio spans fashion, leather goods, watches and jewelry.

The company refers to its top-performing brands Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta as its main “houses,” while brands including Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, as well as watch and jewelry offerings, are referred to as the “other houses” division.

Third-quarter revenue in the division that includes watches and jewelry totaled €612.3 million ($680 million), a 16 percent increase on a comparable basis.

Kering said Boucheron had “a very good quarter,” while Pomellato and DoDo gave strong performances as well.

The company highlighted Qeelin’s successful expansion in mainland China.

As for watches, Kering said it faced “challenging” market conditions, but Ulysse Nardin’s launch of new models gave the category a boost.

Overall, Kering saw growth across all regions, including a 3 percent increase in North America, 17 percent in Asia-Pacific, 12 percent in Western Europe and a 12 percent increase in Japan.

CEO François-Henri Pinault said in a press release, “We live in an increasingly complex world, but we are fully confident in our capacity to deliver sustained performances over time.”

Lenore Fedowis the associate editor, news at National Jeweler, covering the retail beat and the business side of jewelry.

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