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Global powers of luxury goods 2017

The new luxury consumer

The fourth annual Global powers of luxury goods report identifies the world’s top 100 largest luxury goods companies and analyzes them from multiple perspectives. It also looks at industry trends, M&A activity, and the conditions within the global economy.

The new luxury consumer

The fourth annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods report examines and lists the 100 largest luxury goods companies globally, based on the 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 discusses the key trends shaping the luxury market and provides a global economic outlook.

The world’s 100 largest luxury goods companies generated sales of US$212 billion in financial year 2015, 4.5 percent down year-on-year, and the average luxury goods annual sales for a Top 100 company is now US$2.1 billion.

Consumers in emerging markets continue to drive luxury market growth. In China, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates, markets that we have categorized as emerging luxury markets, the percentage of consumers claiming to have increased their spending in the last five years was 70 percent, compared to 53 percent in the more mature markets (EU, US, and Japan).

Travel and tourism is still the great growth opportunity for the luxury sector. Almost half of luxury purchases are made by consumers who are traveling, either in a foreign market (31 percent) or while at the airport (16 percent).

Key findings from the report include:

  • The top four luxury goods companies maintained their positions on the leader board.
  • Consumers are clear that they see the future of luxury as digital. Over 37 percent surveyed feel that luxury products and technology will become more closely linked. Digital channels are creating a need for large-scale, high-quality personalized content.
  • Luxury goods sales growth is accelerated by currency volatility—sales for the world's 100 largest luxury goods companies grew by more than three percentage points in financial year 2015. 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.
  • Italy is once again the leading luxury goods country in terms of number of companies, while France has the highest share of sales.
  • 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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Disciplined innovation

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited is pleased to present the third annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods. The report examines and lists the 100 largest luxury goods companies globally, based on publicly available data for consolidated sales of luxury goods in financial year 2014 (which we define as financial years ending within the 12 months to 30 June 2015). It also provides an outlook on the global economy; an analysis of merger and acquisition activity in the industry and discusses the key forces shaping the luxury market.

The world’s 100 largest luxury goods companies generated sales of $222 billion in financial year 2014, 3.6 percent higher year-on-year. The average luxury goods annual sales for a Top 100 company is now $2.2 billion.

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Engaging the future luxury consumer

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited is pleased to present the second annual Global powers of luxury goods. This report identifies the 100 largest luxury goods companies around the world based on publicly available data for the fiscal year 2013 (encompassing companies’ fiscal years ended through June 2014.

The report also provides an outlook on the global economy, a look at merger & acquisition activity in the industry and geographic and product sector analysis.

The 2015 edition also includes a special discussion on the importance of technology and channel innovation when connecting with luxury consumers.

In the hands of the consumer

The first edition of Global powers of luxury goods: In the hands of the consumer focused on four broad categories of luxury goods–designer apparel, handbags and accessories, fine jewelry and watches, and cosmetics and fragrances. It identified the 75 largest luxury goods companies around the world, and examined the trends shaping the sector. It also provided an outlook for the global economy, an analysis of market capitalization, an overview of M&A activity, and a discussion of key topics, in particular the impact of the digitally empowered consumer.

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