By  on July 20, 2010

PARIS — Sales at Hermès International jumped 27 percent in the second quarter, propelled by strong demand for its iconic leather bags, silk scarves and watches.

“There is a rebound effect at play in the growth rates, which we are also seeing in the psychology of customers,” said Patrick Thomas, chief executive officer of the French luxury firm. “We benefit particularly from this state of mind, as during periods of instability and anxiety, customers flee toward safe-haven values.”

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