According to Associated Press,
High-end jewellers, Tiffany & Co (TIF) reported a 25% jumped in first quarter profits from a year ago across all regions, including even the calamity striken Japan.The company does not have problem passing on costs to customers.
According to Sales in Japan rose 7 percent to $123.4 million. However excluding the stronger yen, sales fell 3 percent. Still, that was better than Tiffany expected.
Revenue in the Americas, Tiffany's largest region, rose 19 percent to $374.7 million. The region includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Revenue from stores open at least one year rose 17 percent, including a 23 percent jump at Tiffany's flagship store in New York, a mecca for tourists.
Revenue in Asia-Pacific rose 37 percent to $167.2 million. In Europe, revenue rose by a quarter to $85.6 million.
While some had speculated results in Hawaii and Guam might suffer from fewer Japanese tourists, the six-store region's revenue in stores open at least one year actually rose 30 percent.
High precious metal and diamond costs caused Tiffany to raise prices earlier this year, and Tiffany said it may raise prices again in various categories and regions to offset the higher costs. "But the rising prices have not deterred shoppers," Investor Relations Vice President Mark Aaron said.
..............."Customers are certainly aware of rising commodity costs and we have not experienced any meaningful resistance to higher prices," he said.Interestingly, lower priced items such as silver jewelry's growth is constrained
The U.S. economic environment that is affecting spending by some of our silver jewelry customers at entry-level price points will likely remain challenging for a while," Aaron said.
Tiffany's results are echoed by other luxury retailers such as Coach (COH), Neiman Marcus that owns Neiman Marcus and Bergdolf Goodman, Signet (SIG) that operates Kay Jewelers.
Will the divergence persist through this difficult time for retailers or we will see convergence at the downside soon?
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