Tiffany’s Q3 buoyed by online, Asia-Pacific sales

Lenore Fedow

Tiffany & Co.’s worldwide sales showed signs of hope in the third quarter, bolstered by a strong performance in the Asia-Pacific region and soaring online sales.

Worldwide net sales in the third quarter slipped 1 percent year-over-year to $1 billion, compared with around $1 billion a year ago. Same-store sales were up 3 percent.

Quarterly net earnings climbed 52 percent year-over-year to $119 million.

In the first nine months, worldwide net sales fell 25 percent to $2.3 billion, compared with $3.1 billion a year ago, while comparable sales sank 22 percent.

Year-to-date net earnings were $86 million, down 75 percent compared with last year.

Tiffany’s e-commerce business thrived, up 92 percent worldwide in the third quarter.

Online sales now account for 12 percent of total sales year-to-date, double the 6 percent reported in the last three fiscal years.

We had a strong third quarter both in sales on a relative basis and terrific results in profitability on an absolute basis, which speaks volumes about the enduring strength of the Tiffany brand and gives us confidence as we enter the important holiday season,” said CEO Alessandro Bogliolo in a press release about the results.

In the Americas, where the most Tiffany stores are located, net sales in the third quarter fell 16 percent to $354 million with same-store sales down 15 percent. Year-to-date sales were down 36 percent to $826 million with same-store sales down 35 percent.

The decline in sales was attributed to the decline in foreign tourism coupled with the effects of COVID-19 and the store closures, which affected Tiffany from March to June.

The Asia-Pacific region was a stand-out on its balance sheet with third-quarter net sales climbing 30 percent to $382 million and same-store sales up 40 percent. Year-to-date sales were down 7 percent to $854 million with same-store sales up 3 percent.

In mainland China, retail sales were up more than 70 percent with comparable sales doubling compared to the prior year.

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Source National Jeweler 

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