Perspectives

Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2017

The new luxury consumer

The Report

Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2017 examines and lists the 100 largest luxury goods companies globally, based on publicly available data for consolidated sales of luxury goods in financial year 2015 (which we define as financial years ending within the 12 months to 30 June 2016). It also provides an outlook on the global economy and discusses the key forces shaping the luxury market.

Viewpoints / key findings

Key findings from the report include:

  • Luxury goods sales growth up – sales for the world's 100 largest luxury goods companies grew by more than 3 percentage points in FY2015. Most currencies weakened significantly against the US dollar, which benefited many multinational companies based in other regions who experienced favorable currency effects, driving up reported sales. In the Top 100, only six companies reported double-digit sales decline in FY2015; half of these were jewelers, the product sector which continued to experience volatile demand.
  • Italy is once again the leading luxury goods country in terms of number of companies, while France has the highest share of sales – with 26 companies in the Top 100, Italy has more than double the number based in France. However, the predominantly family-owned Italian companies are much smaller, with average luxury goods size of US$1.3 billion, which is around a quarter of the average US$5.1 billion luxury goods sales for the French companies.
  • Companies in the multiple luxury goods sector nearly double sales growth – compared to the previous year and leads profitability, while bags and accessories continues to be the fastest growth sector.
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