Interview Synopsis

Burberry – coronavirus global implications

  • Public Equity
  • Consumer
  • Europe

COVID-19 has hugely shifted buying habits. With many people facing financial uncertainty and travel restrictions, numerous consumer categories, like luxury fashion, are seeing massive declines. To learn about how this situation is affecting Burberry, Third Bridge Forum interviewed a former senior executive from Hugo Boss AG.

COVID-19: reduced consumer taste for luxury fashion impacting Burberry

Burberry’s regional performance was explored – its revenue is overexposed in Asia-Pacific, with approximately 40% of sales taking place there, while EMEA and the Americas also provide sizeable shares. There was a “dramatic decline” in Asia-Pacific, particularly Greater China, in Q1 this year. Meanwhile, within Europe and the Americas, the majority of stores have been closed.

Despite the “pretty quick bounce-back” in beauty products within China, the luxury fashion segment is coming back slower. “The overall fashion luxury industry seems to still have a bit of a slowdown because the consumer sentiment is still in the process of returning from panic to normal or to the new normal.” The specialist then discussed what stores could do to help customers feel more comfortable.

To make sure stock is sold, more discounting activity could take place in both the city centre stores and outlets. However, there are pros and cons to the latter. Although it can prove beneficial in the short term, “we also know that a high share of outlet business is diluting brand desirability.” Burberry has not overexposed its outlet segment in Asia, though.

A number of other topics were covered, from the wholesale network to whether Burberry could lose suppliers. The Interview ended with a look at fixed and variable costs, including the scope for renegotiating rent.

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