By Peter Burgoyne:
Now that the U.S. economy is recovering (albeit slowly) from the economic crash, there’s been lots of buzz about the rebound in luxury retail. Certainly, the sector has been outperforming other retail categories, with analysts pointing to luxury as a safe harbor amid disruptive factors like rising oil prices and the chaos in Libya. One CNNMoney story, in fact, referred to investors hopping on a “luxury bandwagon” and noted that Louis Vuitton’s London boutique has limited shoppers to a maximum of three purchases for fear of running out of inventory. The report also cited China’s thriving economy as a key driver of global demand for luxury goods.