Swiss Watch Exports Bounce Once more in Could as US Demand Rebounds

Swiss watch exports jumped once more in Could as deliveries to the US rebounded and demand for luxurious timepieces from China stayed sturdy.

Shipments surged by 14 p.c final month to 2.3 billion francs ($2.6 billion) in worth, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Business mentioned Tuesday. The rise underscores continued demand for dear watches from manufacturers together with Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe and Cartier regardless of issues that shaky financial development could dampen client curiosity.

In first 5 months of the yr, the important thing Swiss sector’s exports rose 11 p.c to 10.9 billion francs. Final yr shipments reached a file.

Exports to the US, the most important marketplace for Swiss watches, elevated 9.8 p.c in Could. That adopted a decline in April, the primary in additional than two years.

“This implies that high-end American shoppers, nonetheless seemingly within the YOLO [You Only Live Once] mindset, have resumed touring and spending as summer season approaches,” wrote Luca Solca, an analyst at Bernstein.

Shipments to China, the second greatest market, greater than doubled because the nation’s retailers restocked after years of on-again, off-again lockdowns through the pandemic. Regardless of the rise, exports to China have been 10 p.c decrease in contrast with Could 2021.

Deliveries to European markets rose 8.8 p.c, as a surge in Italy offset a decline in France, the Federation mentioned.

The one value class that declined was timepieces between 200 francs and 500 francs. Shipments of watches priced above 3,000 francs rose 15 p.c, whereas these beneath 200 francs jumped 27 p.c, seemingly boosted by gross sales of Swatch Group AG’s Omega MoonSwatch.

By Andy Hoffman

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