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Proof even the rich are feeling the downturn

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Luxury powerhouse LVMH reported an unexpected decline in U.S. sales during the second quarter, signaling a potential slowdown in luxury spending in the country.

CFO Jean-Jacques Guiony attributed the drop in U.S. sales to a decrease in spending by aspirational consumers, who are now showing less interest in entry-level luxury products. He suggested that the fading impact of stimulus payments after the COVID pandemic might be a contributing factor.

However, LVMH’s high-priced goods from its luxury brands are holding up well in the U.S., with wealthier shoppers seemingly less affected by inflation, student debt, and economic uncertainties. The most affected segment in the U.S. market was wine and spirits, particularly cognac, with LVMH struggling to manage inventory issues that impacted pricing and supply during and after the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Europe experienced an 18% increase in LVMH sales during the second quarter, with tourists accounting for almost half of that growth. Many Americans vacationed in Europe, choosing to purchase luxury goods in cities like Paris, Rome, or London rather than the U.S., leading to a slowdown in U.S. luxury sales.

China rises

China presented a contrasting picture, with LVMH reporting a significant 17% rise in sales during the quarter, largely driven by a 34% increase in Asia excluding Japan. Despite signs of a slowing Chinese economy, luxury spending in China remained robust after the lifting of lockdowns last year.

Chinese luxury purchases, which were once primarily made in Europe, are now largely taking place in China and Japan, leading to the expectation of price increases in Japan.

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Nvidia surpasses Microsoft as the most valuable company in the world

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Nvidia has emerged as the world’s most valuable company, surpassing Microsoft with a market value of over $3.3 trillion.

This shift comes on the heels of Nvidia’s consistent growth in the semiconductor sector and its strategic advancements in artificial intelligence and gaming technologies.

This milestone marks a significant validation of Nvidia’s aggressive expansion and innovation strategies under CEO Jensen Huang, who has steered the company towards dominance in high-performance computing.

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Finance expert empowers his social audience with accessible wealth tips

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The right strategy can change the game for your financial freedom. Meet the advisor making his tips accessible to all.

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by James Wrigley, Financial Advisor at First Financial. #wyld money #trending

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It takes a village: coordinated financial teams prove paramount to maximising wealth

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The pursuit of wealth is often faced by significant challenges including debt, lifestyle costs, and burnout – so what methods can help overcome these challenges?

Maximising financial opportunities involves a suite of tasks, from leveraging favourable loan rates, strategic tax planning, and coordinated financial advising.

Mark Wyld from MW Wealth joins to discuss more. #featured

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