MILAN, July 13 (Reuters) - Italian luxury group Brunello
Cucinelli raised its 2021 sales guidance for the second
time this year on Tuesday after revenues jumped in the three
months to June, accelerating a recovery from the low point of
the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said revenues soared by almost 60% at constant
exchange rates in the first half of the year to 313.7 million
euros ($370.6 million) compared with the same period of 2020.
Against 2019 levels - before the pandemic hit - sales were
up 10% in the first half and up 13.8% in the second quarter.
The brand known for cashmere clothing, which had already
raised its sales outlook in March, said it now expected
full-year growth of around 20% and an increase of around 10% in
In March it had forecast sales growth of 15-20% for 2021 and
9-10% for 2022.
Sales fell by 10% last year due to the fallout from the
The group had posted a 7% increase in sales at constant
exchange rates in the first quarter, with revenues coming in
just 3% above 2019 levels.
Comparisons with the second quarter of 2020 are favorable
for most retailers as it was particularly hit by the pandemic,
with the bulk of shops worldwide closed.
Cucinelli is the first Italian luxury group to release
second-quarter sales, and its performance adds to signs the
sector has bounced back faster than initially expected.
The European market, which accounts for 43.7% of the
company's total sales, including Italy, grew by 9.2% compared to
the first half of 2019. Sales growth in Asia was double that.
The company recently announced a partnership with
EssilorLuxottica's brand Oliver Peoples for the launch
of its first eyewear collection.
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(Reporting by Claudia Cristoferi
Editing by Silvia Aloisi and Mark Potter)