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Hong Kong Slump Disrupts Swiss Watches

Unrest in municipality outweighs improvement in US orders.
Dec 22, 2019 8:13 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Swiss watch exports fell in November as orders from Hong Kong continued to slow.

Shipments to all countries declined 3.5% to CHF 1.99 billion ($2.03 billion) in November, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry reported last week. That mainly reflects a 27% drop in exports to Hong Kong, which outweighed a 4.6% increase in orders from the US.

Pro-democracy protests have devastated luxury demand in Hong Kong over the past six months. As a result, the US has now overtaken the municipality as the number-one export destination for Switzerland’s timepieces.

“Swiss watch exports recorded a negative result in November because of the sharp decline in Hong Kong, while the rest of the world remained broadly stable,” the federation noted.

The global slowdown was mainly in timepieces with an export price up to CHF 3,000 ($3,053). Shipments of more valuable watches rose 2%.

Steady demand from the US and China has provided some support, with global shipments growing 2% to CHF 19.95 billion ($20.3 billion) for the first 11 months of the year.

Image: A TAG Heuer watch. (Piqsels)
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