Tiffany & Co. shines for LVMH in 2022

Lenore Fedow

Acquired in 2021, the brand’s high jewelry sales have doubled and its new “Lock” collection was an instant hit.

LVMH had a strong year in 2022, posting record revenue growth in its fashion and leather goods segment.

The luxury titan reported double-digit revenue growth in the fourth quarter and its full year, with each of its business categories also up double digits for the year.

Here are five important takeaways from the company’s most recent earnings report.

LVMH shined in spite of economic and geopolitical struggles

LVMH put on a strong performance in the fourth quarter, reporting revenue growth of 13 percent year-over-year to €22.7 billion ($24.7 billion).

For the full year, revenue totaled €79.2 billion ($86.2 billion), up 23 percent year-over-year.

Our performance in 2022 illustrates the exceptional appeal of our maisons and their ability to create desire during a year affected by economic and geopolitical challenges,” said LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault.

Fashion and leather goods account for the largest percentage of its revenue at 49 percent, followed by selective retailing and other activities (19 percent), then watches and jewelry at 13 percent.

Perfumes and cosmetics are in the No. 4 spot at 10 percent followed by wines and spirits at 9 percent.

Its jewelry and watch brands had a strong year

The jewelry and watch category saw revenue climb 7 percent in the fourth quarter to €3 billion ($3.3 billion).

For the full year, revenue was up 18 percent to €10.6 billion ($11.5 billion).

LVMH’s jewelry portfolio includes Bulgari, Chaumet, Repossi, and Fred, as well as the recently acquired Tiffany & Co.

The watches and jewelry business group showed strong momentum in 2022, driven by the powerful appeal of the jewelry maisons and the creativity of their iconic collections, as well as the expertise and capacity to innovate of the watchmaking maisons,” said LVMH in its annual report.

The company said it plans to continue the “selective development of [the brands’] retail networks, marketing, and brand activation through events and digital engagement.”

Asia, excluding Japan, makes up the largest portion of revenue in the category at 32 percent followed by the United States at 26.

Europe, excluding France, is next (15 percent) followed by other markets (13 percent), Japan (11 percent), and France (3 percent.)

Bulgari’s sales increased in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, with its “Serpenti” line and its high jewelry and high watches collections serving as the main growth drivers.

Its “Octo Finissimo Ultra” watch made headlines for breaking a world record for the thinnest watch.

Chaumet also had a “good year,” said LVMH, bringing its nature-inspired Végétal” exhibition to Beaux-Arts of Paris.

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Source National Jeweler