China: Breaking out the largest logos

Breaking out the largest logos

Call it a reaction to years of austerity, but China is the world's third largest consumer of luxury goods, accounting for 12% of global sales, according to a December 2004 Goldman Sachs report. If this trend continues, China could surpass the U.S. to become, along with Japan, the world's largest purchaser of luxury items by 2015. Chinese yuppies are driving the demand, buying everything from expensive watches to imported cars. And luxury purveyors are responding: Armani plans to open 24 stores in China in 2008.

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