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Luk Fook Sales Drop Due to Trade War

Dispute has had “continuing impact” on market sentiment, jeweler says.
Jul 23, 2019 4:13 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Luk Fook’s same-store sales decreased 10% in the first fiscal quarter amid an unfavorable comparison with last year and the impact of the US-China tariff war.

Total same-store sales — at Luk Fook outlets open for more than a year — in Hong Kong and Macau dropped 10% in the three months ending June 30. Same-store gold sales plunged 20%, while gem-set jewelry purchases grew 6%. Although the average selling price for gem-set items declined by a double-digit figure, this was offset by a large increase in sales volume, the company said Monday. The figures are for shops it operates itself, but exclude franchises.

Overall same-store sales in mainland China slipped 7%, with revenue from gold products falling 4% and gem-set jewelry dropping 7%.

The figures look weak in comparison with the equivalent period last year, when same-store sales increased 22%. Luk Fook also noted “the continuing impact of [the] US-China trade war on market sentiment.”

At the end of the quarter, Luk Fook had 208 self-operated stores, of which 139 were in mainland China, 47 in Hong Kong, 11 in Macau and 11 in other locations. The retailer also has 1,653 licensed shops.

Image: A Luk Fook store in Hong Kong. (Luk Fook)
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