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Canada Goose caution on U.S. eclipses upbeat annual sales forecast

Canada Goose caution on U.S. eclipses upbeat annual sales forecast © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Canada Goose is seen in a store in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

By Deborah Mary Sophia

(Reuters) – Canada Goose Holdings (NYSE:) Inc on Thursday struck a cautious note on its business in the United States as luxury spending cooled in the market, overshadowing an upbeat annual sales forecast driven by a recovery in China and sending its shares down about 11%.

A reversal in the strict COVID-19 policies in China – a top market for luxury goods – has encouraged wealthy shoppers there to snap up everything from Cartier jewelry and Birkin bags, boosting sales at several high-end labels.

However, shoppers in the United States are putting a pause to a post-pandemic splurge on high-end clothing and accessories, with companies including ultra-luxury fashion houses like LVMH and Gucci owner Kering (EPA:) seeing sagging demand.

British luxury label Burberry on Thursday also noted there was a “challenge (in the U.S.) at the moment”, with sales falling 7% in the Americas.

“We’re not being super ambitious for this year in the U.S…the market is going to be a little bit more challenging in the U.S. because of the macro economics,” Canada Goose Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Sinclair said on an earnings call.

Canada Goose, popular for its bright-red parkas and pricey puffer jackets, saw U.S. revenues decline 4.5% in the reported quarter.

It also forecast annual per-share profit in the range of C$1.20 to C$1.48, the midpoint of which was lower than estimates of C$1.46 per share, according to Refinitiv data.

Still, a 65.4% surge in Asia Pacific revenue, coupled with robust demand in Europe and Canada, helped the luxury winterwear maker beat expectations in its fourth-quarter results.

Toronto, Ontario-based Canada Goose said it expects fiscal 2024 revenue between C$1.40 billion ($1.05 billion) and C$1.50 billion, while analysts were expecting C$1.33 billion.

($1 = 1.3372 Canadian dollars)

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