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International Jewelry & Diamond Conference (Guangzhou) 2018

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Run of Mine Diamond Tender

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Generic Public Course on Rough Diamonds

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Bain Presents the newest Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study


In mid-June, Bain & Company, the world’s leading advisor to the global luxury goods industry, collaborated with Fondazione Altagamma, the Italian luxury goods manufacturers’ industry foundation, to present the “Bain Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study, Spring 2019”.
According to the reports, the global personal luxury goods market reached a “new normal” pattern of growth, following back-to-back years of strong performance in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, 6 percent global growth (at a constant exchange rate) led to €260 billion in sales, which is expected to balloon to €271-276 billion in 2019, registering an expected 4 percent to 6 percent growth at constant exchange rates. This was driven primarily by the acceleration in domestic spending of mainland Chinese consumers and an increase in European tourism, which, despite socio-political turmoil in countries like the United Kingdom and France, fueled positive growth in the region through the 2018 holiday season. Meanwhile a temporary weakening of consumer confidence in North America, as well as a decrease in traffic to malls and department stores, negatively impacted personal luxury spending during the 2018 holidays stateside.
Regional performance of the luxury market
Americas: The U.S. luxury market was tepid with mild growth throughout 2018. A newly issued U.S. tax reform plan created temporary uncertainties for consumers and negatively impacted domestic spending on personal luxury goods. Meanwhile malls and department stores continued to struggle with decreasing traffic, while mono-brand stores maintained a positive growth trend. Going forward, Bain & Company forecasts 2-4 percent growth (at constant exchange rates) in the region in 2019, with a promising rise in domestic consumption of full-price stores despite a declining flow of Chinese tourists.
Europe: Despite socio-political turmoil in the United Kingdom and France, Europe experienced positive growth in 2018 due to an influx of tourism driven by the weakening of the Euro against all major currencies. Going forward, socio-political upheaval and a weakening macro-economic outlook continue to pose threats to the region’s spending on personal luxury goods, with 1-3 percent growth (at constant exchange rates) forecasted in 2019.
Asia: Mainland China continues to dominate the global market as local consumers demonstrate a strong preference for purchasing luxury goods at home thanks to price harmonization, consumer-centered strategies, and governmental initiatives. Solid consumer confidence and willingness to buy, especially among young generations, are expected to drive year-over-year growth of 18-20 percent (at constant exchange rates) in the region.
Japan remains an exclusive and attractive market for luxury brands, with forecasted growth of 2-4 percent (at constant exchange rates) in 2019. Tourist spending is expected to rise ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, with Chinese consumers already confirming their interest in the area.
Across the rest of Asia the outlook is positive, apart from Hong Kongand Macau, which continue to lose out to Mainland China. Bain & Company believes the luxury market in the region is set to grow by 10-12 percent (at constant exchange rates). An expanding middle class with increasing disposable income is fueling growth in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, while sustained growth in South Korea is the result of local consumers and a mild rebound of tourism.
The rest of the world is expected to be flat or see a slight decrease of 2 percent (at constant exchange rates), with the Middle East remaining stagnant as domestic consumer spending begins to flow outside of the region.
Looking forward: Mega trends in medium and long term
Bain & Company’s research identifies five megatrends that are likely to shape the next generation of luxury in the long-term:
•A new generation: Chinese Gen Z is “the segment to watch.”  They will have significant spending force as proud and empowered impulse buyers.
•Post-ownership:  Bain expects a paradigm shift in consumption favoring access over ownership (e.g. rental, second-hand market).
•Afterlife: Sustainability, social responsibility and circular fashion will be the new mantra, based on a new vision focused on the environment, human labor and animal welfare.
•Beyond physical: Digital will disrupt the entire luxury value chain and necessitate a holistic redesign of the technology eco-system, with an emphasis on luxury experiences over products.
•Above volume/price: Customer networks will be the new and exponential measure of value, beyond product and brand.
From: Bain & Company

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