PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said net profit rose 12 percent in 2012, as revenues were boosted by a slight acceleration in sales growth in the fourth quarter despite a challenging economic context.
The French luxury giant said net profit rose to 3.4 billion euros, or $4.40 billion, in 2012 as a whole, compared with 3.1 billion euros, or $4.26 billion, in 2011.
In the fourth quarter, sales advanced 12 percent to 8.2 billion euros, or $10.68 billion, versus 7.4 billion euros, or $9.92 billion, in the year-ago period. Dollar figures are converted from euros at average exchange rates for the periods to which they refer.
In organic terms, revenue growth stood at 8 percent, compared with a 6 percent increase in the third quarter.
LVMH chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault said “2012 was another remarkable year for LVMH, especially in the context of the economic slowdown in Europe."
The company said it expected another healthy performance in 2013. “Despite an uncertain economic environment in Europe, LVMH is well-equipped to continue its growth momentum across all business groups in 2013,” it said.
In the year ending Dec. 31, revenues for LVMH, the parent of brands including Bulgari, Guerlain, Givenchy, Sephora and Dom Perignon, rose 19 percent to 28.1 billion euros, or $36.13 billion, from 23.7 billion euros, or $32.94 billion, in 2011.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle