By region, Asia-Pacific and the Americas notched double-digit comparable-store sales growth. There was “high-single-digit growth” in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, while Korea, which has been struggling for a while, showed early signs of improvement in the three-month period.
While footfall was soft offline, it grew strongly online, the company said, although it does not break out separate figures.
“Consumers are increasingly channel-agnostic. They don’t mind how they shop at retail. In China, customers will often research online, and then buy in-store,” said Carol Fairweather, chief financial officer designate, during her first solo conference call on Wednesday.
To wit, she added that Burberry has been trialing an in-store collection service in 23 flagship markets, with plans for a worldwide rollout later this year. In the U.K., customers who shop online can currently collect their merchandise at the brand’s Regent Street and Knightsbridge stores.
She also said that in-store iPads were contributing to sales growth and higher conversion rates, with shop assistants able to order merchandise immediately to “ensure we never miss out on a sale.”
Burberry handily beat analysts’ forecasts. “We appreciate Burberry’s brand momentum and ability to drive [sales] conversion in a weaker and more volatile traffic environment for luxury players globally,” said Thomas Chauvet at Citi in London.
He said the brand is reaping the benefits of “a strong and innovative product offering, in-store retail discipline and merchandising skills and…costly investments in social and digital media drivers of traffic and image.”
Burberry’s 21 percent growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2013-14 compares with 11 percent growth in the fourth quarter of last year.
Burberry reported only retail sales on Wednesday, and will publish wholesale sales figures for the first six months in October. As reported, Burberry expects underlying wholesale revenue, excluding beauty, to drop about 10 percent in the period to Sept. 30.
Angela Ahrendts, the company’s chief executive officer, noted that the macro outlook remains uncertain going forward, and that Burberry would continue to focus its investment in profitable, high-growth opportunities by channel, region and product categories.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)