Counterfeiters can cut into earnings, and therefore exchange traded fund (ETF) returns.
So, perhaps the seizure of an array of fake luxury purses and other items might help.
During a recent raid in Lyon, France, customs agents seized around 5,000 fake Louis Vuitton, Armani, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana purses, belts and sunglasses, reports Heather Smith for Bloomberg. The total worth of the items seized is estimated at $1.9 million, according to the French customs agency. Packages sent from Italy to France were taken on July 22, en route to Spain.
Designers hate the fake bags and other knock-offs because it costs them money. The seizure of the knock-offs, could also help the Claymore/Robb Luxury (ROB). The ETF holds 4.65% toward LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and 3% toward Nordstrom, which carry some of the higher end names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Prada. The fund is down 22.7% year-to-date.
Coach, meanwhile, reported a 33% profit for its fourth quarter, say Chris Burritt and Cotten Timberlake for Bloomberg. But the nation’s largest maker of luxury leather handbags full-year profit estimates trail what analysts had been expecting. Coach (COH) is 4.7% of ROB.
Let’s go shopping. But not for fakes!
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