By Joshua Kirby

 

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE said Tuesday that its revenue was only slightly down organically in the fourth quarter, helped by further growth in the core Fashion-and-Leather-Goods business.

The French luxury-goods conglomerate's sales fell 3% on year in the fourth quarter, taking full-year sales down 16% organically to 44.65 billion euros ($54.22 billion). Net profit plummeted 34% to EUR4.70 billion from EUR7.17 billion the previous year. Analysts had forecast net profit at EUR4.09 billion for the year, according to a consensus of 15 estimates taken from FactSet.

In the F&LG division--which houses core brands Louis Vuitton and Dior--sales rose 18% in the final quarter, having returned to growth in the previous quarter. The division's revenue was down 3% on year, whereas the group's other businesses all posted double-digit drops. Selective Retailing posted the most dramatic decline at 30% on year.

The results bear no impact from LVMH's acquisition of U.S. jeweler Tiffany, since the takeover didn't close until the beginning of 2021.

The world's largest luxury company said it would propose a dividend of EUR6 a share at the annual general meeting scheduled for April.

 

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January 26, 2021 12:27 ET (17:27 GMT)

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