By Michelle Graff
Paris--After falling flat in the first half of the year, LVMH’s Watches & Jewelry business group recorded organic revenue growth of 3 percent through the first nine months of the year.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which wants to cut back on wholesale distribution of its brands and instead focus on its own stores, said Tuesday that the performance of its watch and jewelry brands remains “excellent” in the company-operated stores, with all opening more locations worldwide.

In addition, LVMH said TAG Heuer, one of the watch brands it owns, has opened its new movement manufacturing facility. More watchmakers are investing in their in-house movements following Swatch Group’s decision to pull back on the amount of parts it supplies to third-party companies.

LVMH’s other business groups all recorded positive sales through the first nine months of the year as well.

On a constant exchange rate basis, sales were up 19 percent year-over-year for Selective Retailing, which includes Sephora and DFS stores, 7 percent for Wines & Spirits, 5 percent for Perfumes & Cosmetics and 4 percent for Fashion & Leather Goods.

Total sales for LVMH for the first nine months of the year climbed 8 percent on a constant exchange rate basis and 4 percent at actual exchange rates, from $26.88 billion to $28.01 billion.

The company said the United States and Asian markets continued to record strong growth.

Based in Paris, LVMH is a luxury goods conglomerate that owns the Bulgari, Chaumet and Fred jewelry brands and operates the De Beers chain of retail stores in a joint venture with the diamond miner and marketer. LVMH also owns Zenith, Hublot and Dior Watches, in addition to TAG Heuer. 

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