Oct 11, 2012
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Levi Strauss profit, revenue fall in all regions

Oct 11, 2012

Levi Strauss & Co LEVST.UL reported lower quarterly revenue and profit, as economies in Europe and Asia slowed and the company phased out its Denizen brand in Asia.

Levi's flagship store on Champs-Elysées. Photo: PixelFormula

Overall, net revenue for the three months ended August 26 fell 8.6 percent to $1.1 billion, while net income at the privately held clothes maker slipped to $28 million from $32 million a year earlier. Levi Strauss is famous for its denim clothing.

The company's gross profit margin held steady at 47.3 percent of sales in the third quarter, helped by lower cotton costs.

Sales increased at Levi Strauss' own stores in the Americas and Europe, where it charged higher prices. In addition to those stores, Levi Strauss sells its clothes through other retailers such as Macy's Inc (M.N) and J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N).

In Asia, revenue slid for the second consecutive quarter, after a decline in wholesale sales and an economic slowdown the company said was particularly acute in India.

(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York)

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