LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, better known as LVMH, saw an 18% rise in revenue in the nine months to September 2015 – to €25.3 billion ($28.7 billion) – compared with the nine months prior.
The French multinational luxury goods conglomerate posted organic revenue growth of 7% for Q3 of 2015, against forecasts of about 5.5%.
Organic revenue growth strips out the effects of currency movements.
A weaker euro as well as strong wine and spirits sales boosted Q3 revenue.
LVMH noted overall growth in Europe and the US as well as an “acceleration” in Japan.
LVMH is the world’s biggest luxury group.
It sells the likes of Louis Vuitton handbags, several Champagne brands, Hennessy cognac and fashion labels Fendi and Marc Jacobs. It also sells perfumes, cosmetics, watches and jewellery.
Wine and spirit sales in China, which had been hurt by the country’s anti-corruption drive, saw a “notable acceleration in the third quarter”, the firm said.
“Hennessy cognac …benefited in the third quarter from a strong rebound in shipments to China and continued excellent momentum in the United States,” it stated.
Sales in LVMH’s fashion and leather business were slower than expected.
LVMH does not publish quarterly profit figures.