LVMH Profits Slip
LVMH posted a net profit of 687 million euros in the six months through June, which is down from 891 million euros a year earlier. As you might expect the economy has been cited as a reason for the decline but the company also said that heavy destocking by its third-party distributors in the wine and spirits and jewelry and watches businesses played a role in the decline.
The company predicts that it will continue to gain market share even in a shrinking market. Businessweek has a quote from Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, shown at right who said that the results were "particularly remarkable given the global economic crisis" and that LVMH is approaching the second half of the year "with confidence."