Luxury sales are rebounding

Here’s some interesting news regarding the retail sector and the luxury goods market. Luxury sales are rebounding, which probably means consumer sentiment is ticking back up.

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.

Sales of designer clothes, fine leather goods, jewelry, watches and other indulgences around the globe is forecast to surge 10 percent to euro168 billion ($236.7 billion) in 2010, recovering from a disastrous 2009 when sales declined 8 percent to euro153 billion, Bain & Co. said in its annual review of the sector commissioned by Italy’s Fondazione Altagamma association of high-end producers.

Let’s see what happens this holiday season. If double-dip recession concerns are fading away, retailers might be in for a pleasant surprise.


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