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  • Sales in first six months dip 0.3% to EUR94.7m (US$112.4m)

Laurent-Perrier has reported flat sales for the first half of its current fiscal year, representing an improvement on the corresponding period a year ago.

Laurent Perrier saw organic sales come in flat for H1 fiscal-2018

Laurent Perrier saw organic sales come in flat for H1 fiscal-2018

The listed Champagne house said late last week that organic sales in the six months to the end of September were down 0.3%. On a reported basis - including ForEx effects and "third-party activities" - the group saw six-month sales fall by 3.2%. The decrease follows a 3.7% fall in reported sales in H1 2017. 

Laurent-Perrier said the launch of La Cuvée in the half-year contributed to "organic sales stability", although it also impacted the bottom line.

On an organic basis, operating profits dropped 4.3% to EUR16.9m. Meanwhile, group net profits tumbled 24% to EUR7.9m. 

"Against the backdrop of a flat market by volume and under pressure by value, Laurent-Perrier has maintained its turnover figure excluding currency effects and third-party activity, largely thanks to the launch of La Cuvée and a very favourable price/mix effect," said chairman Stéphane Dalyac. "Benefiting from the acknowledged quality of its Champagnes, from a strong balance sheet and its energetic workforce, the group will maintain the course of its growth strategy."

Looking forward, the company said first-half performance "cannot be extrapolated to the second due to the strongly seasonal nature of our business. 

"In an uncertain economic and monetary environment, Laurent-Perrier will maintain the course of its value strategy."

To read Laurent-Perrier's official statement, click here

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