LVMH H1 results beat forecasts

July 27 - LVMH on Tuesday became the latest maker of luxury goods to beat first-half forecasts, providing further evidence that the luxury sector was shielded from global economic concerns.

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The world's biggest luxury group posted a 13 percent rise in revenue to 10.292 billion euros ($14.89 billion) and a 22 percent increase in profit from recurring operations to 2.22 billion in the six months ended June 30.

The owner of the Louis Vuitton and Kenzo fashion brands, Moet & Chandon champagne, Hennessy cognac and Chaumet jewellery did not give a forecast for the rest of the year, indicating only that it was approaching the second half "with confidence".

Based on a Reuters poll of 10 analysts, LVMH was expected to post earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of 2.1 billion euros ($3.01 billion) on sales of 10.21 billion.

The results come after Hermes and Burberry posted forecast-beating second-quarter sales, pulled by strong demand in emerging markets such as China and tourists travelling in Western Europe.

LVMH added that it planned to pay an interim dividend to shareholders of 0.80 euros a share on Dec. 2.

(Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt; Editing by James Regan)

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