3 Key Trends for Coach

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The broad consumer shift to affordable luxury, along with rapidly increasing demand for luxury goods in China and other emerging markets, are key factors driving  Coach's ( COH ) growth. These factors help Coach compete with other premium apparel and accessories players like Polo Ralph Lauren's ( RL ), Liz Claiborne ( LIZ ) and AnnTaylor ( ANN ).

We have a $57.62 price estimate for Coach's stock , about 10-15% above market price.

3 Key Trends for Coach -

1. Consumer Shift to Affordable Luxury

Affordable luxury brands and private labels weathered the storm moderately well during the economic downturn of 2008-09, while luxury and premium end companies, including Louis Vuitton and Hermes, suffered a greater slowdown in sales. The luxury market seems to have been by a consumer shift towards the "less is more" approach, a positive for Coach.

As the economic recovery gains ground, cautious consumers might still shy away from the priciest brands. This type of trend would benefit Coach, which is widely recognized as an 'affordable luxury' brand.

2. Demand for Luxury Goods is Correlated with Economic Growth

Demand for luxury fashion goods can be an indicator of economic growth. During boom times, consumers with higher income tend to shift further towards high-end goods like leather handbags, designer clothes and branded watches.

Luxury goods are cyclical and correlate with GDP in specific regions, often exaggerating the up and down swings of the economy. As the global economy recovers, we expect the luxury goods market to see pre-recessionary growth of 7-8%.

3. Increasing Demand for Luxury Goods in China and Other Emerging Markets

Luxury consumption in China has recorded double-digit growth in recent years as a result of rapid economic growth and rising standards of living. The Chinese market is expected to become the largest luxury market by 2014, comprising an estimated 23% of the world market.

Other emerging markets including Brazil, South Asia and Central Asia could experience a 25-30% surge in spending on luxury goods over the next five years as personal wealth and spending capacity increase in these markets.

Emerging markets will also see the highest growth in new openings of luxury goods stores in the coming years.

See our complete analysis of Coach stock here



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Referenced Stocks: ANN , COH , LIZ , RL

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