Royal seal of approval for Burberry adds 30 per cent in sales
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Thursday 13 October 2011
The continued appeal of Burberry's classic trench coat, as sported by celebrities such as Kate Middleton this year, helped boost sales at the company by 30 per cent as it also looked to soothe fears over growth in China.
The luxury-goods retailer said the rise in sales to £830m in the six months to the end of September from £673m a year earlier, was driven by strong sales of "outerwear" – coats – especially its range of trench coats. Sales of leather goods were also particularly strong.
The Duchess of Cambridge sparked a scramble for Burberry trench coats in March after wearing one on a trip to Belfast, with the make selling out online the next day. The brand is also favoured by the Queen and Kate Moss and advertised by Harry Potter star Emma Watson.
Burberry reported a 45 per cent sales bump to £528m in its first half, as it sold more in existing stores, expanded to new ones and saw strong returns from China.
Last month its shares had tumbled over concerns for the company's growth in the country after economists at Citi downgraded its economic outlook. Beyond the coats and leather bags, initiatives including men's tailoring and accessories, children's clothing and shoes continued to drive growth. Angela Ahrends, Burberry's chief executive, said the performance "clearly demonstrates the continuing global momentum of the Burberry brand".
There was also a solid performance in its flagship markets, including New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong. The wholesale operation rose by one-fifth following sales to the Americas, emerging markets and of travel goods.
The company forecasts that average retail selling space will grow 15 per cent during the second half of its financial year. It hopes to open 25 new stores this year and double its London store space after buying the shop adjoining its own on Regent Street.
The results followed recent comments from its peers in the luxury sector. Rogerio Fujimori, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said last week that it suggested "no discernible impact on sales trends yet" from worsening economic conditions and concerns over sovereign debt in the European Union. Ms Ahrends said Burberry was "fully prepared to respond should it see any significant change in luxury demand".
The magicians using online collaboration to push boundaries
Jennifer Lawrence attacks mass media again over body image
Jennifer Lawrence: 'It should be illegal to call someone fat on TV'
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Ian Watkins: Police forces probed over earlier allegations as paedophile Lostprophets singer sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences
DNA from a 50,000 year old toe shows Neanderthals were highly inbred
Devyani Khobragade: India-US row escalates over arrest of diplomat in New York
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Money & Business
£25000 - £32000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Business Analyst - Banking...
£25000 - £35000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Business Analy...
£50000 - £75000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Implementation...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + BONUS + BENEFITS: Harrington Starr: A leading prov...