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Swatch up on upbeat retailer comments

By
Reuters
Published
Oct 15, 2009

Shares in Swatch Group (UHR.VX), the world's largest watchmaker, rise 3.7 percent after the chairman of China-focused luxury watch retailer Xinyu Hengdeli (3389.HK) was quoted as saying revenue in the first week of October was likely to have risen by more than 50 percent.

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Swatch Group holds an 8 percent stake in Xinyu Hengdeli.

For the full year, Chairman Zhang Yu-ping predicted single-digit growth for sales on the back of rising consumer confidence in mainland China.

"The surprisingly good outlook from the Chinese company is driving Swatch Group shares and is also behind the rise in rival Richemont (CFR.VX)," a trader at Bank Vontobel said.

The DJ Stoxx European personal and household goods index .SXQP is 1.8 percent stronger, while Richemont is trading 1.4 percent higher.

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