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Luxottica Sales Soar as Ray-Ban Maker Forecasts Revenue Growth

MILAN, Italy — Luxottica Group SpA gained the most in more than seven years after the maker of Ray-Ban sunglasses said sales growth will accelerate in 2017. Revenue will probably rise by a mid-single-digit percentage next year, chief financial officer Stefano Grassi said on a call with analysts Monday. Third-quarter sales rose 3.5 percent at constant exchange rates, the Milan-based company also said. The stock rose as much …

The pathogens of Wells Fargo's corruption fester in every large corporation

Despite the denials of its new CEO, Wells Fargo had a serious, widespread cultural problem that led it to commit at least 2,000,000 financial crimes. But the crimes and the culture are widespread across America’s banks, and they spread further than that, because the system is rigged to reward financial crime. To understand the systemic enticements to fraud in corporate America, you …

No Growth but No Panic in the Luxury Sector

LONDON, United Kingdom — Both the Savigny Luxury index (SLI) and the MSCI World Index (MSCI) ended up flat this month, with the SLI posting a small gain whilst the MSCI tipped slightly into negative territory. Valuations are stable despite unappealing growth prospects, underpinned by the defensive nature of a number of luxury goods stocks benefitting from strong balance sheets, the absence of pension issues …

Will China Burst the K-Pop Bubble?

SEOUL, Korea — Missile tests are cooling relations between China and South Korea and the impact is being felt in some unlikely places. When South Korea decided to deploy a US Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-missile system last month, policy makers in Beijing were angered. Chinese officials viewed the Thaad deployment as another American effort to contain China, arguing that the shield, designed to …

Bottoms Up on Hermès, LVMH and Kering Performance

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury index (“SLI”) staged a relief rally this month, gaining over 7 percent whilst the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) gained almost 4 percent. Better-than-expected first half results took some of the sting out of the sector’s most severe correction in seven years. Big news The luxury sector stepped up to the plate this first half, surprising investors on the …