Financial Times Announces Inaugural FT Business of Luxury Summit

FT Summit to take place in Shanghai, May 2005

The Financial Times is to hold its first Business of Luxury Summit, in Shanghai, from 18-20th May 2005. The Summit will bring together around 400 senior level industry executives and institutional investors for an in-depth analysis of the strategic and competitive challenges facing luxury brands operating on the world stage. Delegates invited to attend this complimentary event will include the major industry players from the luxury goods companies, the consultancies and analysts who track the industry and the biggest institutional investors in the sector.

Andrew Gowers, editor of the Financial Times, will be chairing the Summit which will incorporate panel discussions and case studies on topics such as diversification, benchmarking performance and the challenges of new markets. The Summit will also include findings of new research by Bain, the global business consulting firm.

Su-Mei Thompson, Managing Director of the Financial Times in Asia, said:

"The FT has long been associated with stylish living and the luxurious habits of the influential and affluent through the Weekend FT and our award-winning magazine, How To Spend It. We have also recently expanded our business coverage of the sector with regular features on themes and topics relevant to the industry and its analysts and investors. The Business of Luxury Summit reflects the FT's commitment to this important and exciting sector. Our decision to hold the event in Shanghai reflects the growing importance of China on the world's business stage and its position as one of the fastest emerging luxury markets in the world."


Further information

For further information or to enquire about attending the Summit, please contact :

Katy Hemmings/Joanna Manning-Cooper, Financial Times,
+44 (0) 20 7873 3811/4447,

Notes to Editors

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