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Behind Prada's Astounding Results. MILAN, Italy — “I’ve got the brains and you’ve got the looks...”

Behind Prada's Astounding Results

So goes the Pet Shop Boys’ classic track ‘Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money).’ In Prada’s case, it has both: smart management and desirable product, a combination that really is making the brand lots of money, evidenced by the company’s recent announcement that its net profit increased 46 percent in the 2012 financial year, while other international luxury brands like Hermès and LVMH are reporting slowing growth, citing a slowdown in China. What’s more, according to Mario Ortelli, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, Prada’s momentum is set to continue on this trajectory for the next 2 to 3 years at least. It’s recipe for success? Not too Big, Not too Visible Part of Prada’s current advantage is that in key growth markets, like China, the brand isn’t yet too big or too visible — especially in comparison to some of its luxury peers.

Planned Retail Expansion and Margin Benefits. Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand - China Real Time Report. Bloomberg News In China, Miu Miu is leading Prada’s growth and the brand accounts for 35% of net sales across Asia.

Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand - China Real Time Report

Aiming to cash in on China’s bulging population of young fashion-lovers, Prada is turning its focus in the Chinese market to its frillier, funkier sister-brand Miu Miu. The Italian fashion house, which raised 16.7 billion Hong Kong dollars (US$2.15 billion) from its initial public offering in late June, on Thursday hosted a dinner runway show in Shanghai, where a slew of European, Russian, and Chinese models showed off Miu Miu’s fall and winter 2011/2012 collection while Hong Kong stars, including actress Cecilia Cheung and pop singer Sammi Cheng, feasted on lobster tail. Hoping to stir interest from younger consumers who are now propelling Miu Miu’s growth in China, company executives carefully calculated a more youthful guest list, which appeared to be on average a decade younger than the attendees at Prada’s January show in Beijing.

Why Chanel’s Price Cuts in China Could Boost Its Brand. Chanel cuts prices in Asia to combat grey market. China’s luxury malls on weekday afternoons are usually long on bling and short on shoppers.

Chanel cuts prices in Asia to combat grey market

But at the Chanel store at Shanghai’s ultra-glitzy IFC mall, dozens of people queued on Friday for a rare opportunity to buy luxury items barely more expensive than they would be in Paris. Sample the FT’s top stories for a week You select the topic, we deliver the news. “I want to buy a handbag today,” said Heidi He, who made a special journey across Shanghai’s Huangpu river to visit the mall. Luxury Brands Get Tough With Counterfeiters - China Real Time Report. Luxury brands are getting more aggressive about taking suspected counterfeiters to court.

Luxury Brands Get Tough With Counterfeiters - China Real Time Report

After years of debate in the luxury industry about how to publicly tackle counterfeit goods, a growing number of high-end names from Gucci to Moncler and Alexander Wang are suing sellers of fakes, both in China and the West. The legal action comes as brands grapple with an explosion of fake goods on e-commerce and social-media platforms. Fashion brand Alexander Wang, which sued the owners of 459 websites believed to be selling counterfeit handbags, footwear and clothing last year, won a $90 million judgement this month in a New York district court. The court froze the websites and transferred their domain names — many of which are believed to originate in China — to the designer. Affordable luxury comes to the fore in China[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn. Just why are Louis Vuitton and other high-end retailers abandoning China?

In the heart of Guangzhou’s Yuexiu district, the shopping centre La Perle is a symbol of luxury living in the southern Chinese city.

Just why are Louis Vuitton and other high-end retailers abandoning China?

The high-end shopping mall, which opened in January 2004, has long been the first stop for many international brands seeking to conquer the Chinese market. But times are changing. A few weeks ago, La Perle lost one of its biggest tenants: Louis Vuitton. The French luxury retailer closed its store on the ground floor saying it would not renew its expired lease. This followed the shutting down of the two other LV stores in the northeastern city of Harbin, in Heilongjiang province, and the western city of Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital.

The brand said the closures were part of a marketing strategy adjustment by headquarters. It’s a strategy that appears to have been taken on by many other international luxury brands. The sluggish growth is reflected in the expansion plans of luxury brands. Singles Day: Alibaba breaks record sales total. E-commerce giant Alibaba has beaten its sales record for its annual Singles Day event.

Singles Day: Alibaba breaks record sales total

The company said sales this year had reached 121bn yuan ($18bn; £14bn), a rise of 32% on last year's sales which were worth $14.3bn. But some have questioned the accuracy of the numbers, amid claims of inflated sales data at Chinese online retailers. Merchants passing off counterfeit goods as genuine is also a problem in the industry.

Alibaba reported 82% of purchases had been made on mobile phones during Singles Day. Burberry Opens Online Store on Alibaba's Tmall. Coach Closes Handbag Shop on Alibaba’s TMall - China Real Time Report. BEIJING—Luxury handbag maker Coach Inc. has closed its flagship shop on Alibaba Group Holding’s business-to-consumer sales site, TMall.

Coach Closes Handbag Shop on Alibaba’s TMall - China Real Time Report

Coach said it would continue to provide online shopping via its own website and its WeChat account on the social-media app operated by Alibaba rival Tencent Holdings Ltd. Coach has offered coupons on WeChat and launched a media campaign on the app. A Coach spokeswoman declined to explain the reasons behind the decision, beyond saying it wanted to consolidate resources. She said the company would continue to look for innovative ways to leverage digital and social platforms to interact with customers. How to Fix Luxury’s Alibaba Problem. NEW YORK, United States — Over the last three months, Chinese consumers purchased 115,000 authentic Coach products worth $14 million on Taobao (Alibaba’s largest marketplace) and Jingdong (known as JD).

How to Fix Luxury’s Alibaba Problem

When annualised, this equates to 455,000 products and $56 million in revenue. An impressive accounting for Coach, for sure — except Coach didn’t actually sell any of the items, at least directly. Coach, like other brands that Bomoda analysed in the past six months, has a significant challenge in the form of Alibaba and, to a lesser extent, JD. But the fight these brands are currently waging and the bag of tricks they are leveraging won’t bring about a solution. This week, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) suspended Alibaba's membership. The position taken by IACC members is predicated on their disdain for the counterfeit market, in which hundreds of thousands of sellers leverage Alibaba’s scale to sell — and resell — goods.

How does this happen? Can China's middle class spend the world out of recession? Meet the Zhangs, one of China's new middle-class families who some economists believe are going to spend their way to a revival of the global economy.

Can China's middle class spend the world out of recession?

Zhang Dongyang runs his own construction company in Zhengzhou, one of China's fastest growing cities. His wife, Zhang Min, is a hospital administrator, and together they earn about $40,000 (£25,000) a year. They own their own apartment, mortgage free, drive a Japanese-made Lexus car and will, they say, soon start taking not one, but two holidays a year. Their six-year-old son, Zhang Zhiye, attends a private school. "Yes I do feel middle class," Mr Zhang tells me, adding that it's now become acceptable to admit it.

Burberry committed to Hong Kong despite sales slowdown. LONDON Falling sales in Burberry's (BRBY.L) Hong Kong market will not deter the British luxury brand from its commitment to one of its most profitable regions, it said on Wednesday.

Burberry committed to Hong Kong despite sales slowdown

Pro-democracy protests in the city, which accounts for around 10 percent of Burberry's total retail and wholesale sales gathered pace last year, keeping mainland Chinese tourists away. The 159-year-old firm, famous for its British-made trench coats and cashmere scarves, said Hong Kong comparable store sales fell by a double-digit percentage in the three months to June 30, its fiscal first quarter. Shares in Burberry, already down 9 percent over the last three months after a cut in profit guidance in May, fell up to a further 3.7 percent, to be the top FTSE 100 faller, despite the group maintaining most of its guidance. "We manage the business for the long term, always looking through that lens," Chief Financial Officer Carol Fairweather told reporters.

China's anti-corruption campaign takes a bite out of growth - Jan. 28, 2014. The anti-corruption campaign has ensnared executives working for foreign and Chinese companies, and more than 37,000 government officials have been placed under investigation, according to state media. Employees at drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GLAXF), dairy producer Danone (DANOY) and state-backed oil company PetroChina (PCCYF) have all been implicated. In addition, Beijing has put the kibosh on conspicuous spending. Government representatives have been told to stop holding extravagant banquets, riding in showy cars and giving or accepting luxury gifts. Flower arrangements and exotic Chinese dishes like shark fin have been banned from official functions.

Officials have even been ordered to stop holding lavish funerals. China's high-end catering industry sees negative growth - Business. GUIYANG - China's high-end catering and food industries were hit hard in 2013 amid the country's anti-corruption and austerity campaigns, statistics showed. Revenue of dining businesses with annual sales more than 2 million yuan reached 818.1 billion yuan ($131.6 billion), down 1.8 percent year on year, marking the first negative growth since China began to collect such data in 1991.

Wang Yao, director of the All-China Commercial Information Center, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the growth rate was down 14.7 percentage points last year from 2012. Revenue of dining businesses with annual sales less than 2 million yuan increased by 15 percent last year compared with that in 2012. Meanwhile, sales of luxury liquor and high-end health care products, also declined sharply last year, Wang said. China: Judges banned from extravagant spending. Judges may not buy fireworks, cakes or greeting cards with public money under austerity measures imposed by the Supreme People's Court in China, it's reported.

The list of forbidden purchases is to prevent "extravagance and waste" during public holidays, the state-run China Daily newspaper reports. Judges are also banned from spending state cash on entertainment, travel, treating guests and driving government cars on personal business, the ruling says. Making it clear that it's taking these austerity measures seriously, the Supreme People's Court says disobedient judges will be subject to "strict and heavy punishments". Austerity has emerged as official policy throughout China as President Xi Jinping aims to rein in the perceived extravagances of public servants. In September, state-run China Central Television slashed the budget for its usually spectacular Mid-Autumn Festival gala programming, cancelling fireworks and pop stars in response to the new policy of frugality. China plenum: Looking for clues on China's economy. Image copyright AFP China's top Communist party officials are in Beijing for a four-day, behind-closed-doors meeting this week.

The plenum kicks off a big year for China, building up to next year's party congress, a twice-a-decade event. While this week's gathering is largely pre-scripted, a communiqué is usually released at the end of event - and that should help the outside world figure out which way China is headed. Political considerations - especially party leadership, succession issues and a "code of conduct" for party cadres - are likely to dominate proceedings. The real costs of China's anti-corruption crackdown. Image copyright AP Much has been written about China's ongoing crackdown on corruption, but now one of the world's biggest banks has put a price on it.

According to a report published by Bank of America Merrill Lynch this week, the Chinese government's anti-graft campaign could cost the economy more than $100bn this year alone. That's a lot of economic activity, something not far off the total size of the economy of Bangladesh, which supports some 150 million people (although admittedly not very well). Macro effects. China's corruption drive. Image copyright Reuters. Corruption up among China government officials. How serious is China on corruption? Even among China's jaded internet users, this was big news: Li Jianguo, a Communist official operating at the very top of the party, was under investigation for corruption.

Mr Li, who serves as vice chairman of China's parliament, reportedly engineered the promotion of his nephew to a plum government position. Anti-gifting Policy in China: How are Luxury. Gift-Giving Crackdown Hits China Luxury Retailers. Forbes Welcome. Why China Needs to Kick the Luxury Habit. This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. China steps up anti-corruption measures - CCTV News - CCTV.com English. Luxury goods market in mainland China to expand more than 25 percent in 2011. Study Finds Rapid Growth In 2010 And The First Nine Months Of 2011, With Gradual Softening In The Fourth Quarter Shanghai, December 15, 2011—Sales of luxury goods in mainland China will grow overall by 25 to 30 percent in 2011, with more than 60 percent of purchases coming from new luxury customers; this according to findings from a new study ("2011 China Luxury Market Study") presented today at a press conference by Bain & Company, the leading advisor to the global luxury goods industry.

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