Luxury stocks sink in Europe, dragging the Stoxx 600 Index lower, after Chinese state media said President Xi Jinping offered an outline for “common prosperity” that includes income regulation and redistribution, putting China’s wealthiest citizens on notice.
LVMH -4.3%, Burberry -4%, Kering -3.5%, Hermes -3%, Richemont -2.2%
“This is a rather nervous market reaction to leadership statements in China about the ‘third wealth redistribution,’” Bernstein analyst Luca Solca says in an email
“I am not sure there is necessarily a lot to fear from that,” he adds. “Time will tell”
NOTE: Since Xi took office in 2012, the ruling party has made it a priority to end poverty and build a moderately prosperous society, goals that the party sees as central to promoting well-being and strengthening its governance
Income inequality in the country is wide -- the richest 20% earn more than 10 times poorest 20% -- and hasn’t budged since 2015
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