Luxury is Dependant on China to Thrive

Luxury is Dependant on China to Thrive

The rout in European luxury-goods makers is sparing nobody — regardless of how much they sell in China.

Burberry Group Plc and Hugo Boss AG plunged more than 7 percent in two days after China devalued its currency, even though the companies have some of the smallest sales exposure to the yuan among luxury makers, according to Credit Suisse Group AG. That’s because when taking into account purchases by Chinese travellers abroad, most of the companies are just as reliant on the nation, Sanford C. Bernstein says.

“It’s at these times that you understand the extent to which the market of luxury goods is exposed to China and how much it depends on the decisions of the Chinese government,” said Mario Ortelli, an analyst at Bernstein in London.

Looking at individual companies’ sales in the mainland isn’t a reliable gauge to determine which shares are the most at risk. Chinese consumers now do more than half of their spending abroad, according to Bank of America Corp.

Burberry gets 11 percent of its revenue in yuan, compared with 7 percent for Hugo Boss, according to estimates by Credit Suisse. Swatch Group AG, which has lost 8.8 percent in two days, has the biggest exposure, with 23 percent.


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