DIOR COUTURE REPORTS SALES GAIN 8.2% IN NINE MONTHS

PARIS — Christian Dior Couture posted a sales increase of 8.2 percent to $167.9 million (979 million francs) at current exchange for the first nine months of the year.
The fashion house’s sales were announced by parent company Christian Dior SA, whose total sales rose 59.9 percent to about $5.98 billion (34.85 billion francs) for the period.
In addition to the Dior fashion business, Dior SA is a holding company through which Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, controls LVMH, and Dior SA’s financial results largely reflect those of LVMH.
LVMH’s sales in the latest nine months were bolstered by the inclusion of DFS Group, the travel retailer, and Sephora, the French perfumery chain. LVMH acquired control of DFS in January and acquired Sephora in July. Dior SA said its sales on a constant structural basis would have risen 11.4 percent.
Profits were not reported. Like most publicly held European companies, Dior reports profits on a semiannual basis.

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