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Bain: Luxury Goods Growth Slows Thanks to Currency Swings

Global currencies seesawed in 2015 and the unexpected shifts shook up the luxury goods sector.

In Bain & Company’s latest luxury study titled, “A time to act—how luxury brands can rebuild to win,” analysts said personal luxury goods brought in 250 billion euro ($272.3 billion) in sales last year, 13 percent growth at current exchange rates, but real growth was a much slower 1 to 2 percent.

“The slowdown confirms a shift to a ‘new normal’ of lower sales growth in the personal luxury goods market, which we highlighted in previous analyses,” Bain noted in the report published for Fondazione Altagamma, a trade association of Italian luxury goods manufacturers. “The challenge for luxury brands in this environment is to successfully navigate market volatility driven by currency swings and fluctuating tourist flows.”

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