Negative currency effects have continued to weigh on Etam, after the French clothing and lingerie brand reported a slight decline in full-year sales.

Net sales reached EUR1.22bn (US$1.67bn) during the year to 31 December, down 0.1% on the same period in the prior year.

The company today (24 January) said this included a EUR3.3m negative currency effect relating to the depreciation of the yuan against the euro. 

On a like-for-like basis, however, sales increased by 1.4%.

In Europe, sales rose 3.3% to EUR803.7m, while like-for-like sales were up 3.8%. Etam said its brand sales in France outperformed the overall clothing market.

Sales in China, meanwhile, declined 6.2% to EUR411.6m, and like-for-like sales fell by 4.3%. The company said it closed unprofitable department store concessions during the year, and disposed of stock from prior seasons at a selling price well below the cost price.

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I. BUSINESS TRENDS 

 

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Etam Group generated net sales of €328.4 million, including a 

negative currency effect of €2.7 million relating primarily to the depreciation of the yuan against the 

euro. This represents a fall of 0.8% on a real basis or an increase of 1.9% like-for-like and at constant 

exchange rates relative to the fourth quarter of 2012. 

 

During the full year to 31 December 2013, the Etam Group generated net sales of €1,215.3 million, 

including a negative currency effect of €3.3 million relating primarily to the depreciation of the yuan 

against the euro. This represents a more or less stable performance on a real basis or an increase of 

1.4% like-for-like and at constant exchange rates relative to 2012. 

 

1. In Europe 

 

In the fourth quarter of 2013, net sales totalled €219.2 million, up 5.2% or 4.7% like-for-like and at 

constant exchange rates. 

 

During the full year to 31 December 2013, sales came to €803.7 million in 2013, up 3.3% or 3.8% 

like-for-like and at constant exchange rates. 

 

In 2013, the Group achieved sales growth in all countries in the European Union like-for-like and at 

constant exchange rates. In all regions, growth picked up in the fourth quarter. 

 

In France, the Group’s brands outperformed the clothing and textiles market* in terms of sales. 

 

 

 

 

 

*

 Source Institut Français de la Mode at the end of December 2013  

 

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2. In China 

 

In the fourth quarter of 2013, net sales totalled €109.2 million, down 11.0%, including a negative 

currency effect of €2.6 million relating primarily to the depreciation of the yuan against the euro. 

Like-for-like and at constant exchange rates, net sales fell by 5.0%. 

 

During the full year to 31 December 2013, net sales totalled €411.6 million, down 6.2%, including a 

negative currency effect of €3.2 million relating primarily to the depreciation of the yuan against the 

euro. Like-for-like and at constant exchange rates, net sales fell by 4.3%. 

 

To cope with the difficulties faced in China, the Group closed unprofitable department store 

concessions and its network saw a net reduction of 184 points of sales. The Group stepped up its 

efforts to dispose of stocks from prior seasons at a selling price well below the cost price. 

 

E-commerce sales saw growth of more than 100% relative to 2012, although this still represents just 

a small proportion of net sales. Sales generated by stores in shopping centres increased like-for-like 

and at constant exchange rates. 

 

 

II. NETWORK DEVELOPMENT 

 

At 31 December 2013, the Etam Group had 4,313 points of sales, including 939 in Europe, 3,171 in 

China and 203 international franchises. 

 

In Europe and in exports, the Group streamlined and developed its store network in its lingerie 

activities in 2013. It established the Undiz brand in Belgium and Morocco. 

 

 

 III. OTHER INFORMATION 

 

On 18 November 2013, the Group obtained the unanimous agreement of its partner banks to extend 

its syndicated credit facility in the amount of €200 million by one year from 12 December 2016 to 12 

December 2017. 

 

The seventh Etam Lingerie fashion show, a highlight of the Paris fashion scene, will take place on 25 

February 2014 during Paris Fashion Week. 

Original source: http://www.etamdeveloppement.com/en/finance/documents/2013_Net_sales_release.pdf