Surging Vuitton sales boost LVMH despite pandemic woes

PARIS (Reuters) – Recovering sales of Louis Vuitton handbags helped LVMH LVMH.PA contain the fallout from the coronavirus crisis in the third quarter, as the world’s biggest luxury goods group reported a smaller-than-expected drop in revenues.

FILE PHOTO: A Louis Vuitton logo is seen outside a store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, September 18, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo

LVMH has like peers been hurt by the pandemic, and the French conglomerate has also hit the headlines as it seeks to walk away from its planned acquisition of U.S. jeweller Tiffany TIF.N in the midst of the crisis.

But LVMH has proved more resilient than some of its smaller peers, despite travel restrictions and store closures that have affected the whole industry, and its shares are only down 3% since the beginning of the year.

On Thursday, LVMH said its overall comparable sales fell

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