Tiffany’s profits slump on weak demand in US and Hong Kong

Tiffany & Co. blamed weak demand in the US and Hong Kong as it revealed earnings fell 17 percent to $78 million in the quarter ended Oct. 31.

The 182-year-old jeweler — which last month agreed to sell itself for $16.2 billion to French luxury conglomerate LVMH — said worldwide net sales have dropped 2 percent to $3.1 billion year to date, with net sales in the Americas down 4 percent to $1.3 billion.

Net sales in the Asia-Pacific region were flat in the third quarter at $294 million. Tiffany says that figure reflects double-digit growth in mainland China and disruptions in Hong Kong, which has been roiled by protests for months.

“Our underlying business remains healthy,” Tiffany CEO Alessandro Bogliolo said in a statement.

The all-cash sale to LVMH is expected to close in the middle of next year.

Tiffany shares lost 17 cents during the day and 27 cents after hours, to $133.28.

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