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European automakers, French fashion faceoff and China – News briefs

September 27, 2012

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Today in luxury marketing:

Europe’s luxury carmakers appear to have upper hand
Fears over Europe’s luxury-car stocks were heightened last week when Daimler AG  issued a profit warning for its core Mercedes-Benz division because of a slowdown in China. But luxury-car makers still have plenty of zip in their engines, even as the continent’s mass-market producers like Peugeot SA and Renault SA are dealing with overcapacity, reports The Wall Street Journal.
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Faceoff: Slimane, Simons in the spotlight
The arrival of these menswear mavericks on fashion’s biggest stage is likely to be the dominant story of the European season, WWD said.
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China’s leadership quandry for luxury
It is tough times for luxury brands in China. Retail sales of jewelry, a proxy for the health of the sector, have fallen from 56 percent year-on-year growth in 2010 to 45 percent in 2011, and 16 percent so far this year. One reason is of course the economic slowdown. Another: The once-in-a-decade transition in China’s top leadership – which is expected to take place at the Party Congress in October, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Luxury cosmetics maker weighs the risks of appearing on a TV shopping channel
Eve Pearl is considering pitching her high-end cosmetic products to a broad audience by appearing on a TV shopping channel, per The New York Times.
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