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Chanel reports impressive $19.7 billion in sales

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Luxury fashion house Chanel has announced robust financial results for 2023, with total revenues reaching $19.7 billion. This marks a 16% increase compared to 2022 on a constant currency basis and a 14.6% rise on a reported basis, driven by significant growth across all product lines.

Chanel’s operating profit for the year stood at $6.407 billion, reflecting a 10.9% increase. Leena Nair, Chanel’s global chief executive officer, attributed this performance to the brand’s unwavering dedication to high-quality creations and sustained investments. “The strong results we are announcing today reflect Chanel’s relentless focus on exceptional creations that inspire. They underline sustained investment in building the desirability of our brand, creating the ultimate luxury experience for our clients and supporting our people to grow and develop.”

The luxury brand reported double-digit sales growth across all divisions, surpassing 2022 figures in every region. In Europe, Chanel saw an 18.8% increase in revenues on a reported basis and a 16.4% rise on a comparable basis, totaling $5.606 billion. The Asia Pacific region generated $10.2 billion in revenue, a 17.7% increase on a reported basis and a 21.6% increase on a comparable basis. Meanwhile, the Americas experienced a more modest growth, with revenues up 2.6% reported and 2.4% on a comparable basis, amounting to $3.960 billion.

Philippe Blondiaux, Chanel’s global chief financial officer, highlighted the challenges ahead for the luxury industry but reaffirmed the company’s commitment to substantial investments. “After three years of exceptional growth for our industry, we are now entering a more challenging environment. Against that backdrop, and following a record level of investment last year, Chanel will continue to increase investment in the year ahead, whether in our brand, our craftsmanship and savoir faire, in the continued elevation of our client experience, in real estate, or in our boutique and distribution network,” 

Throughout 2023, Chanel focused heavily on capital expenditure, particularly within its retail distribution network. Notable developments included the opening of a twin boutique in Milan, combining fashion and watches & fine jewelry on Via Montenapoleone, the reopening of the flagship boutique in Beverly Hills, and the expansion of the Chanel & Moi Les Ateliers network with new locations in Tokyo and London. Additionally, Chanel committed to a 20-year agreement for a new global headquarters in London.

In 2023, Chanel expanded its global workforce by 14%, bringing the total number of employees to over 36,500. The company also grew its retail distribution network to over 600 boutiques worldwide and made significant investments in research and development and technology. Highlighting their commitment to sustainability, Nair noted, “We are proud of our new Net-Zero 2040 targets validated by the SBTi, which will underpin the continued transformation of our business.”

Nair said; “In 2023, we increased headcount globally by 14 percent to more than 36,500 people, expanded our retail distribution network to over 600 boutiques worldwide, and invested significantly in R&D and in technology. We also launched our Open Innovation Function to partner with start-ups, thought leaders and academic institutions

These impressive results reflect Chanel’s strategic investments and sustained focus on innovation and customer experience, ensuring the brand remains at the forefront of the luxury market.

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