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  • LVMH to Take Controlling Stake in Bulgari Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 12:04 AM ET
    The grand opening Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong.

    LVMH, the French luxury goods conglomerate, is to take a controlling stake in Bulgari, the Italian jewelry house, in an all-share deal, the Financial Times reported.

  • Jason Wu

    Expect to see billowy silhouettes, ethnic prints, '40s and '70s looks, longer hemlines and utilitarian-style outerwear when you shop for clothes this fall. That was the word from merchants ranging from mid-range department store Macy’s to tony Saks Fifth Avenue and online marketplace eBay, summing up the key themes that emerged during Fashion Week earlier this month.

  • Tapping China's Thirst for Luxury via Hong Kong Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 11:30 PM ET
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    Greater China may represent a significant portion of sales for leading luxury brands Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Bulgari, but Aaron Fischer, regional head of consumer research at CLSA Asia Pacific Markets, believes Hong Kong-listed retailers are better positioned to capture the mainland’s demand for high-end merchandise.

  • Fashion Houses Have Designs on Online Luxury Buyers Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 3:26 PM ET
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    Nordstrom's decision to acquire online retailer HauteLook is just the latest example of the shake-up that is going in the designer goods market. Fashion designers are scrambling to play catch up with their online strategies now that more luxury customers are demanding it.

  • Who Will Have the December to Remember? Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 | 10:46 AM ET
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    It's probably the number one auto question I get this time of year. No, it's not about what new models will pop up at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

  • Analysts Split on Athletic Apparel Maker Lululemon Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 6:00 PM ET

    Luxury yoga-wear manufacturer Lululemon, soaring on a blowout quarter, garnered a “neutral” rating from one analyst and an “outperform” from another on CNBC Thursday. Why?

  • Shoppers Treat Themselves to Lattes and Lacy Bras Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 8:25 AM ET
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    Few companies were clobbered harder than Starbucks in the recession. The coffee chain with outposts on every corner came to represent all that was wrong with American businesses and shoppers: unchecked expansion, self-indulgence and mindless credit-card swiping.

  • Luxury Goods, Emerging Markets Seen Fueling Recovery Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 10:18 AM ET
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    NYU's Stern School of Business Dean Peter Henry believes the recovery will be slower in the US and other advanced economies, where discretionary spending has cooled, while emerging markets—and their newly discovered taste for fine goods—will bounce back more quickly.

  • Brookstone CEO: Luxury Consumers Ready to Indulge Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 10:22 AM ET
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    Luxury consumers are more willing to indulge this holiday season, but they are doing so with value in mind, according to Ronald Boire, president and CEO of retailer Brookstone.

  • Chinese Elite Snapping Up Luxury Yachts Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 7:43 PM ET
    Visitors walk past a yacht displayed at the International Boat Show in Shanghai, 08 April 2005.

    Forget entertaining clients in karaoke bars.  These days, Chinese businessmen are more likely to be talking deals on luxury boats.

  • Investing in Yachts Is Not Just for the Very Rich Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 3:57 AM ET
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    When buying a boat, there is but one fundamental principle to follow, according to those who already have some cash moored somewhere nice: enjoy it.

  • Luxury Suit Maker's China Sales Now Higher Than US Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 2:44 PM ET

    The well-made Italian suit found its way on the backs of more and more affluent Chinese men this year, as China topped the US in sales from luxury suit maker Ermenegildo Zegna Group.

  • Just in Time for the Holidays: Luxury Comes Back Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 2:57 PM ET
    Shoppers look at handbags at a Coach store in Pasadena, California.

    Just in time for the holidays, it looks like the luxury consumer is back. “We’ve been hearing that luxury goods sales globally, have been accelerating, and it’s in all categories, whether it is watches and jewelry or whether it is fashion and leather goods," said Dana Telsey, chief information officer at Telsey Advisory Group, in an interview on CNBC. "The demand is there.”

  • Coach Wins Over 'New Normal' Consumer: CEO Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 4:51 PM ET

    Coach shares reached its highest since 2007 on Tuesday after the luxury retailers trumped analyst expectations, posting a 34 percent growth in quarterly earnings. The brand's Chief Executive Lew Frankfort tells CNBC how they did it and what's in store for the future.

  • Why Luxury Goods Are So Strong Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    Coach has confirmed that global luxury brands are in good shape. Coach reported astonishing numbers, well above expectations (gross margins of 74.2%!) with strength not just in Asia but also in the U.S.

  • Luxury In Thrall to the Currency War Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 6:58 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton Store

    The currency wars that are dominating the attention of the world’s central bankers are also playing out in the niche world of luxury goods.

  • Vintage Watches Offer Opportunity Time And Again Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:09 AM ET
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    Vintage or antique timepieces can fetch extraordinary prices, but they better possess unique and still functional features, be in scarce supply, carry a distinguished brand name and be in near-mint condition.

  • Art Deco Jewelry: Cool Design, Hot Investment Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 9:57 AM ET
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    Art Deco is a style of fine jewelry whose worth remains solid whether or not the economy is dipping or climbing. Naturally, its prices rise when times are flush.

  • Luxury Spending Rebounds to Pre-Crisis Levels Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 4:39 AM ET
    Gucci Store

    The luxury sector is rebounding better-than-expected this year thanks in large part to wealthy Americans replenishing their wardrobes after a year of self-denial and nouveau riche Chinese indulging in a worldwide spending spree, according to a new study released Monday.

  • Will Dollar Decline End Luxury Goods Comeback? Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 7:15 AM ET

    Sales growth has accelerated over the past three quarters at Italian fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo, signalling an improvement in the crisis-hit luxury goods market, but currency movements and a shaky economy pose a major concern for 2011, the group’s CEO told CNBC on Thursday.