The luxury lingerie business Agent Provocateur is set to remain in private equity hands following a strategic review by its owner, 3i.
The buyout firm appointed Goldman Sachs last year to look at the retailer’s future and explore options including a possible sale.
However, Agent Provocateur enjoyed a stellar 2014 with sales up 20 per cent in the nine months to end of December, with like-for-like sales up 8 per cent and online up 36 per cent.
Some of its strongest growth came in China, where the company managed to turn a profit in its four stores despite opening only 18 months ago.
The company was also helped by its diffusion range, L’Agent, which is cheaper and aimed at a younger market. Designed by Penelope and Monica Cruz, the brand opened boutiques in New York, London and Los Angeles.Reuse content