NEW YORK — Already under pressure from the firm’s marketing transition, the weak U.S. dollar amplified second-quarter earnings and sales declines at Luxottica Group SpA.

For the three months ended June 30, the Milan-based eyewear powerhouse said net income, expressed in dollars at an average rate of exchange, fell 24.8 percent to $77 million, or 17 cents a diluted American depository share, from $102.4 million, or 22 cents, in last year’s quarter. As reported in euros, net income fell 39.2 percent to 67.7 million euros from 111.3 euros last year.

Sales for the period dropped 19.6 percent to 707 million euros from 879 million euros, but declined fractionally at average exchange, dropping 0.6 percent to $803.9 million from $808.5 million.

The weakness of the dollar depressed results by 19.1 percent, Luxottica said.

However, not all of the group’s difficulties could be attributed to the dollar’s weakness. “The expiration of the license for the Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani eyewear at the end of May was also felt during the quarter,” said chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio in a statement. “The continued weak U.S. economy affected retail sales. We expect that the impact of these factors will progressively lessen during the second part of the year. Specifically, sales from the new collections launched in March — Versace, Versus, Ray-Ban prescription and Ray-Ban Junior, which are performing in line with our expectations — and the new license agreement signed with Prada will offset the loss of sales from the Armani licenses.”

As reported last week, under a 10-year licensing agreement, Luxottica will produce eyewear for both the Prada and Miu Miu brands, as well as manage worldwide distribution. The Prada license is forecast to generate sales of $137.7 million, or 120 million euros, in the first year of the contract, with the first Luxottica-produced collection set to launch in September.

For the first half of the year, Luxottica said net income, expressed in dollars at average exchange, fell 22.8 percent to $147.3 million, or 33 cents a diluted share, versus last year’s income of $190.7 million, or 42 cents. In euros, as reported, it eroded 37.2 percent to 133.3 million euros.Sales for the six months, at average exchange, dropped 1.3 percent to $1.56 billion from $1.58 billion in the prior-year period. In euros, they were off 19.8 percent to 1.41 billion euros.

By division, the retail group, which includes nameplates such as Sunglass Hut International and Lenscrafters, saw poor weather erode sales by 20.2 percent to $1.08 billion, or 940 million euros. At constant exchange rates, sales would have fallen just 2.5 percent, as same-store sales regressed 3.4 percent. The manufacturing and wholesale segment likewise retreated, with sales down 13.8 percent to $658.6 million, or 573 million euros, at current exchange. At constant exchange, sales declined 5.3 percent.

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