by James D. Roumeliotis
Today’s consumer spending pattern has shifted. As high-end consumers everywhere have suddenly curtailed their appetite for luxury goods, what was once considered a recession-proof industry has been hit hard. Early this year, in Tokyo, Louis Vuitton canceled plans for what would have been its largest and most glittery store anywhere while Chanel announced the layoff of 200 temporary employees – which the daily newspaper Le Parisien called the latter news a bombshell.
No category in the luxury domain has been spared a significant drop in sales including fine spirits, watches and yachts. Suddenly, the perception on the street is that – luxury goods are considered a sign of immorality, superficial and ostentatious. Restraint and modesty are in.
On the indulgence services side, lifestyle spending rose on health and wellness but dropped on luxury travel.
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