China’s Luxury Rush: Expanding Vuitton Shows Market’s Growth

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Louis Vuitton is optimistic about the development of the Chinese luxury market. The past year has solidified China's position as the market of the future for most fashion brands, and there is likely to be even greater activity in 2006.

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