Prada feels the woes of dipping sales in 2016 – 16/2/17

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The Prada Group ended its 2016 fiscal year with consolidated revenues of €3,184 million ($AUD4.375 million), down by 9 per cent at constant exchange rates (-10 per cent at current exchange rates), in line with market expectations.

Geographically, the Asia Pacific was very dynamic in the second half of the year but it wasn’t enough with sales down by 12 per cent at constant exchange rates. China resumed rapid growth in the third quarter and Hong Kong and Macau saw reduced level of sales contractions versus past years. Greater China reported higher sales in the last quarter of the year.

The European market which had a decrease of 5 per cent in sales was adversely affected for most of the year by the reduction of tourist flows, especially in Italy and France, although France showed clear signs of recovery in the fourth quarter. Particularly positive was the performance of Russia, with double-digit growth, and the U.K., which reversed the decline of the first six months to end the year with strong
growth.

The American market (-12 per cent at constant exchange rates) continued to be affected by falling tourist flows in the U.S.A., as well as generally soft spending patterns since the first part of the year, whereas Mexico and Brazil had positive growth.

After five years of consecutive growth, in 2016 sales declined in Japan by 13 per cent at constant exchange rates essentially as a consequence of the reduced flow of tourists from China due in part to the yen appreciation.

The Middle East presents a decrease by 10 per cent at constant exchange rates compared to the prior fiscal year.

With respect to each brand and the various types of products, both Prada and Miu Miu showed improving trends. The efforts of recent months to make the shopping experience more exclusive and immersive and to enrich the offer with highly creative and innovative products are already producing concrete results in the Ready-to-Wear segment, which saw improved results throughout the entire second half of the year, along with Footwear and Leather Goods, where there was strong market response to the latest collections.

“As noted in my comments on the first six-month results, this past year we implemented a profound phase of business process rationalisation – still underway – and identified important strategies to secure the Group’s future growth. This included revising our digital strategy with the creation of a highly skilled team with professional experience from the digital technology and new media industries. In the meantime we are strengthening the retail management structure with the aim of integrating online channels with traditional channels in a truly innovative dimension,” Patrizio Bertelli, CEO said.

“I am confident that this new global vision will enable our brands to fully express their strong potential, and generate sustainable growth: high-quality products, high level of creativity in both communications and customer relationships.”

By Cassandra Murnieks

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