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Luxury consumption: will it really be affected by recession?

The talk of medium term recession is in the air. The mainstream media everyday reports so many gloomy results on various fronts that reading a newspaper in the morning makes the breakfast an undesirable event at times. One of my friends has just told me she has actually stopped eating breakfast, for the reason being the prices of food products have gone drastically up and it getting harder to make ends meet.

Consumers consume products to satisfy two major needs, namely, (a) utilitarian needs: basic needs such as food, thirst, shelter etc. and (b) hedonistic needs: which includes largely wants such as entertainment and status which mainly focus on pleasure.

Luxury consumption adheres to the later part of the needs and if asked any consumer would state that in tough times the first they will cut is the luxury consumption. However, in my opinion, it doesn seem to be the case. Over the past few years of unprecedented economic growth, luxury consumption has caught the eyes of the masses. Historically, such pleasure seeking behaviour was observed in more to do class of society. However, in recent years, our appetite to consume luxury products has increased voraciously.

From my own experience, finding a Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Prada accessory while sitting on a train in London Underground is as common as a finding the Metro newspaper (available freely to every reader on London underground).

On the academic front, we have good many forecasting models which provide some assistance in predicting how utilitarian products will fair in such recessionary scenario. However, we only have anecdotal evidence with regards to luxury products.

Financial analysts using historical sales data predict that luxury goods companies such as Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) or GUCCI are traditionally hit hard by economic downturns. There is evidence of the same too as LVMH saw it profits drop by at least 20% in the aftermath of 9/11. According to Financial Times, in 2008, Bulgari felt slower sales growth in March, Richemont at the end of last year, while Gucci sold less in the first quarter than last year.

Furthermore, analyst at Lehman Brothers, points out that 50 60 per cent of the luxury goods industry's consumers remain in classic, developed markets, which are hit hard by the recession. While there seems evidence that luxury goods consumption will be hit hard, I tend to disagree with the analysts due to following:

1. Mass consumption imitation bulgari earrings behaviour: As I stated earlier luxury products have come much closer to becoming necessity in case of imitation earrings bulgari many affluent customers who still represent middle class in the socio economic classification terms. This was hardly the case in earlier market scenarios.

2. Geographical scope: Half of the luxury consumers live in the Eastern emerging markets. The glitter of Dubai and Shanghai shows the dominant presence of Eastern consumers in consuming luxury products. While market such as India and most other parts of Asia underexposed to fake bvlgari earring global luxury brands, the scope of growth is too hard to predict.

3. Tourism trends: There is replica bulgari b zero1 earrings an unprecedented growth in terms of tourist travelling from Asian markets to the Western markets. For examples, Indian tourists took the number one spot in terms of visitors to the UK displacing Japanese consumers who has reigned on that spot for a long period of time. Tourists have a huge tendency to purchase luxury goods as souvenirs and such behaviours have to be accommodated in the overall prediction however that will be too difficult to address without substantial research.

The above three points, when included in any economic analysis of luxury products can skew the overall results. They surely seem to have the propensity to create a mini swan
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In the (butchered) words of presenter Ricky Gervais at last night's Golden Globes ceremony, no one wants to see me insult the rich, beautiful, talented celebrities. But, alas, duty calls. As the first major awards ceremony of the year, the Golden Globes is a celebratory respite to the after holiday lull, and in addition to honoring some of the best in movies and television gives us a glimpse at the red carpet eye candy to come during awards season.

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How Oprah Does It

Last year, Oprah Winfrey earned $275 million more than those three Wall Street rogues Ken Lewis, Dick Fuld and John Thain combined yet no one is calling for her head. Her TV show and O, her magazine, remain wildly popular. She moves entire industries. Twitter's traffic surged 43% after she tweeted for the first time.

On her way to becoming one of the most influential people in the world, Oprah has helped millions of people feel better about themselves and lead more fulfilling lives. Here are three core business reasons she has become one of the world's richest people.

Oprah genuinely sympathizes with her audience's struggles and aspirations. She does not pretend to have led a fairy tale celebrity's life; rather she has revealed that she was sexually abused when growing up and has been candid about her battles with her weight. She uses real, shared pain to get closer to her audience. As she conquers her demons, earrings bulgari replica her audience feels they can conquer theirs.

They trust her. She is more than a talk show host. Too many people in charge of brands don't get the importance of understanding and relating to consumers. Companies launch advertising campaigns that consumers can't identify with, even as those consumers, looking to stretch their dollars farther than ever before, yearn to turn to companies they feel they can trust and connect to emotionally.

Skin care company Clarins got it all wrong in targeting Chinese men. It used ethnically diverse metrosexual models they couldn't relate to. The company failed to understand that Chinese men don't want to be seen as at all feminine or exotic. Nor do Chinese women want to see their men that way. Sales sputtered, while L'Oreal's Biotherm line prospered with Asian models who came across as the epitome of masculinity.

Another company that successfully relates to consumers in its marketing is Unilever. Its Dove Campaign for Real Beauty employs as models everyday women with all sorts of body shapes and sizes, not the airbrushed waifs who grace the covers of fashion magazines like Vogue and Elle. People buy Dove's products because they identify with the familiar yet beautiful women who use the products in the ads. The five year old campaign has been one of the most successful of all time.

She knows that making the world a better place and earning money is not a zero sum game.

Whether inviting experts like Dr. Mehmet Oz to give health care advice or giving suggestions on how to find happiness, Oprah does what she does to make people's lives better. That is true leadership. She clearly is unwilling to do anything for money alone. She takes a moral and long term perspective and that way, she makes even more money.

Far too many are driven by simple greed. Too many senior executives have enriched themselves at the expense of front line workers and shareholders. Too many unscrupulous executives have engaged in financial chicanery like backdating stock options. Not only are Main Street and Congress up in arms, but large institutional investors like the California Public Employees' Retirement System have begun to use corporate responsibility as a key metric in investing. Last year CalPERS publicly called out five corporate underperformers, including Cheesecake Factory and La Z Boy, citing corporate governance failures. It is pushing to implement provisions to claw back the compensation of executives who engage in imitation earrings bulgari illicit activities.

Corporate boards need to be on alert that misbehavior will hurt their stock prices. CNBC's Jim Cramer publishes his Wall of Shame for disappointing CEOs, like United's Glenn Tilton, who made $17 million over the last five years, and more than $6 million in 2008 alone, while United's share price dropped around 40% and the pay and pension of its front line workers was slashed.

Nobody thinks of Oprah as greedy.

She understands how to honestly leverage her brand.

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For corporations, leveraging a brand can mean looking to new markets, as GM and Barbie have done in China (as I wrote in "Barbie Goes to China"), or it can mean branching out into new product lines. For instance, Giorgio Armani has expanded the scope of its business to include household accessories. Bulgari fake bvlgari earring and Versace have moved beyond jewelry and clothing, respectively, into high end hotels. Such expansions make sense, for they are being done so they dovetail with the brands' core emphasis on luxury, sophistication and exclusivity while opening up new streams of revenue.

Oprah has energized an entire industry by staying true to her ideals. She reminds us that business can be done ethically and profitably at the same time. Too many executives over the last few decades have acted immorally, scammed the system or even engaged in outright thievery, like Jeffrey Skilling at Enron. The most successful enterprises individual and multinational alike are the ones that create emotional bonds with their customers, stay true to their core and use their brands and ideals to lead.

Shaun Rein is the founder and managing director of the China Market Research Group, a strategic market intelligence firm. He writes for Forbes on leadership, marketing and China.
Five style statements of Gujarat CM Narendra Modi

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New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJPs prime ministerial candidate is not only topping the popularity charts as far as opinion polls go, he has also become a brand to contend with. And one of the reasons for it is Narendra Modis style statement and the way he has deliberately gone for an image makeover.

It cannot be denied that there is a vast difference between the Modi who was once a RSS pracharak and the Modi who is now his party PM candidate for 2014 General Elections.

Heres a look at five style statements of Narendra Modi

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Modi likes khadi, khadi silk and linen fabrics. Though he used earrings bulgari replica to be mostly seen in saffron and white colours earlier, Modi has been experimenting with new shades in recent times. On the day Modi was anointed the BJPs PM candidate for 2014, he wore a pistachio green coloured kurta.

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Defying the will of the people

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So where is his mandate? Last night, as this paper went to press, it seemed almost certain that Mr Blair was preparing to sign a European constitution which the great majority of British people oppose.

They showed that overwhelmingly replica bulgari b zero1 earrings in elections last week. In opinion poll after opinion poll, they have declared their opposition by a massive majority.

Mr Blair and other European leaders, revealing the yawning chasm between our ruling elites and the voters they consistently treat with contempt, are now pushing the EU bvlgari rose gold earrings replica dramatically further along the path to a single superstate.

And what a truly depressing spectacle it has been. For the politicians' performance this week has provided a sickening insight into everything that is wrong with the federal gravy train that is Europe.

In their desperation to agree a constitution, they resorted to shabby deals and stitched up compromises negotiated in smoke filled rooms interspersed with stage managed public outbursts by Mr Blair and Jacques Chirac cynically designed to impress their domestic audiences.

And doesn't it speak volumes about the priorities of our leaders that they devoted so much time on a document for which there is not a shred of popular demand, when there are issues on which Europeans are crying out for action?

Where are the policies to deal with corruption, waste and obsessive regulation in Brussels, or to end the lunacies of the Common Agriculture Policy and the Commons Fisheries Policy?

Instead they have endorsed a text that is hundreds of pages long and all but incomprehensible this week alone there were almost 300 amendments tabled by the Irish presidency.

But, beneath all the posturing, two things are certain.

First, if this constitution is approved in all the member states, Brussels will gain extensive powers over foreign, defence and employment laws. How different it looks now to Mr Blair's insistence only months ago that it was a mere tidying up exercise of no consequence.

Second, the agreement emerging from this weekend's imbroglio will be trumpeted by Mr Blair as a triumph for the EU and its citizens. He will insist that none of his 'red lines' have been crossed. And he will mount an unprecedented propaganda exercise to convince us of this in a referendum campaign.

Don't be fooled. Some of those red lines never really existed fake bvlgari earring the right to keep our veto on taxes was not really under threat.

But others have been crossed in Mr Blair's desire for a deal. Mr Blair insists he has retained Britain's key vetoes on foreign, defence and employment law. But, make no mistake other EU states will look for every possible way to undermine them and remember the European Court of Justice will always rule in the most federalist way possible in every dispute.

Magistrates are no longer required to display 'common sense'. Who says so? Government officials, who believe that this quality that has dominated British law for centuries is too subjective a test for a multicultural society.

It is no wonder that so many law abiding citizens are despairing of a legal system that now seems obsessed by a political correctness that ultimately, by giving every minority its rights, will destroy the rights of the majority.

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Owner of 'worst hotel in Britain' banned after mice move in

The owner of a hotel dubbed the "worst in Britain" with a history of cockroach infestations and squalid conditions has been told by a judge to check out for good after yet more unwelcome guests moved in this time mice.

Stephen Gethin, 62, has owned the Happy Vale Hotel in Mornington Crescent for more than 30 years. But now he has been officially deemed unfit to run the business after hotel inspectors found raw sewage, fake Bulgari serpentine bracelet yellow flies and a mouse infestation in the five storey townhouse.

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In 2012 he was fined 5,000 after officials discovered cockroaches in the 17 bedroom hotel and now he has been issued with a further 20,000 penalty.

It was imposed by Highbury Corner magistrates' court last week after Gethin was found guilty of 15 separate health and safety charges between August and November 2013.

"It fails on all the standards and regulations which is why the judge, having considered all the evidence, has come to a view that Mr Gethin is unfit to run it. That's very rare.

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Gethin has been given time to find a replacement manager for the hotel. But the council has threatened to take it over if he fails to do so, using compulsory purchase powers which allow land or property to be obtained without the consent of the owner.

Last week one resident at the Happy Vale, former journalist Ken Macleod, 70, was rushed to hospital after he was discovered in his room at the hotel with festering wounds to his leg.

The pensioner claims the council failed to offer him help, but a spokesman said that despite repeated attempts to contact him he "did not make himself available".

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Russia's 10 ritziest hotels

Russian hotels regularly top "world's most expensive" lists, so it should come as no surprise that rooms across the country take luxury to new levels.

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Forget vodka. At the O2 Lounge crowning the Ritz Carlton you can order shots of oxygen to go with your sushi, while looking down on Red Square and the Kremlin.

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The Kempinski isn't only host to royalty, it was in part designed by royalty.

HRH Princess Michael of Kent and David Linley are the talents behind the Princess and Linley suites respectively. The former is decorated with lace and chintz and the latter is done up in a masculine combination of Italian marble and sustainable hardwood furniture.

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The Presidential Suite features priceless artworks strung across the living/dining areas and bedroom, replete with a four poster bed, while the Winter Garden suites have glass walls and rooftop terraces commanding views over the city's Bolshoi Theatre and State Duma.

It may be located in one of Moscow's so called Seven Sisters skyscrapers, built in the 1950s in a Stalinist neoclassical style, but the Leningradskaya is more posh than proletariat.

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Ireland Men's Sevens Squad And Structures Announced

IN PICS: IRELAND MEN'S SEVENS SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT

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An Ireland squad, under the Ireland Wolfhounds name, will take part in the GB 7s Series starting on May 30 in Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to Coventry, England on June 6 and finishing in Colwyn Bay, Wales on June 13.

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Minnesota officer who fatally shot Castile back on leave

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop last month is back on administrative leave after briefly returning to limited duty last week, the city of St. Anthony said in a statement Wednesday.

The city said it decided to put Officer Jeronimo Yanez back on leave "after reviewing concerns and other feedback from the community."

Yanez fatally shot 32 year old Philando Castile during a traffic stop on July 6 in nearby Falcon Heights. Castile's girlfriend who video streamed the shooting's gruesome aftermath live on Facebook said Castile was shot several times while reaching for his ID after telling the officer he had a gun permit and was armed.

FILE In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a memorial including a photo of Philando Castile adorns the gate to the governor's residence where protesters continue to demonstrate in St. Paul, Minn., against the July 6 shooting death of Castile by St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. The city of St. Anthony released a statement Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, saying that Yanez is back on administrative leave "after reviewing concerns and other feedback from the community." Yanez returned to work for the first time last week following the death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

In an interview with The Associated Press last week, St. Anthony Police Chief Jon Mangseth said the 28 year old Yanez, who is Latino, has had a good reputation since joining the city's police force in late 2011. The chief described Yanez as energetic and intelligent.

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"This guy just shot and killed a man, and a decision hasn't been made whether or not it was a good and lawful shoot so there's no reason why he should be at work right now," Clarence Castile said. "As far as I'm concerned, he shouldn't go back to work until the case is over until he's exonerated or bulgari snake ring imitation been charged."

The city said Wednesday that it decided to put Yanez back on leave "out of respect to the sensitive nature of the tragic incident." The statement said Yanez's status with the police department will be reviewed after the state's investigation into the shooting is complete.

Yanez's attorney said Wednesday that he was unaware of his client's status change with the police department.

Glenda Hatchett, an attorney for Castile's mom, Valerie, released a statement on her client's behalf saying the family "was very much opposed to his reinstatement and is pleased that the decision to reinstate the officer has been reversed."

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Basque brunch comes to London

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An important fact: the drink was good. The spice infused vodka had a rustic, warming your hands by the samovar bulgari necklace replica tingle. The juice part was made with golden tomatoes (hence the name), which gave it a lightness; the top layer of celery froth was a cooling haven to paddle my taste buds in when I needed respite from the heat below.

Eneko isn't the only offender on the 'Golden Mary' front either, to be fair. A number of highfalutin brunches, from London to New York, offer them. The 'Green Mary' is also, sadly, up and coming; made with green tomatoes.

Perhaps I'm being snooty. But before the slippery contagiousness of fake news was the sticking charm of the dumb phrase. My resentment is rooted in paranoia. We all fake bvlgari zero1 necklace know what knock off bvlgari necklace women happened when, some time in the Sixties, a management consultant urged a worker to 'think outside the box'.

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If you are feeling bvlgari chain necklace imitation traditional, choose the torrija for desert a Basque vanilla sponge that is both densely cakey and unusually moist. This was a genius menu move. The Brits love a strong soggy pudding. It's built into the national psyche. When umbrellas were first invented, English gentlemen shunned them as effeminate. Anything that can nobly hold itself together when assaulted with liquid is instinctively pleasing to us. We are, after all, the country of gravy, sticky toffee pudding and wellington boots.
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