Luxury retail companies seem to be seeing something more than economists do as they ramp up...

|By:, SA News Editor

Luxury retail companies seem to be seeing something more than economists do as they ramp up investments and marketing on expectations for increased high-end spending in the U.S. Even with all the focus on the growth potential for the luxury sector in China and Hong Kong, by sales the U.S. market is still twice as big and has plenty of upside, according to industry insiders. A wildcard in the mix is the impact from some relaxed rules on visa approvals for wealthier tourists from emerging markets. On watch: Hermes, LVMH Moet Hennessy (MAGOF.PK), Gucci (GUCG.PK), Louis Vuitton (LVMUY.PK), Coach (COH), Tiffany (TIF), Ralph Lauren (RL), Burberry (BURBY.PK), Saks (SKS), Hugo Boss, Christian Dior (CHDRF.PK).