By  on February 8, 2018

PARIS — Hermès International’s 0.4 percent decline in fourth-quarter sales as a result of the strong euro prompted questions about how much currency rates will affect the luxury sector in coming months.

The luxury firm known for its Birkin and Constance handbags said that sales for the last three months of the year totaled 1.5 billion euros, up 4.6 percent at constant exchange rates, lifted by growth from the leather-goods and fashion divisions. Sales of silk and textiles were down 0.9 percent at constant exchange rates, weighing on the group’s overall performance.

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