In addition to its luxury brand positioning, international diversity also helps it sustain growth regardless of economic headwinds. LVMH is vigilantly protective of its brands and has reacted aggressively to knockoffs and counterfeits of its goods around the world, especially in China.  LVMUY also recently expressed interest in acquiring Hermes. Hermes performed well in the past year with a 44% increase in operating profit, which beat Bloomberg analysts’ estimates. However, Hermes is not interested in collaborating with LVMUY and wants LVMUY to sell more than half of its stake. LVMUY does not plan to sell the shares.
LVMH was created in 1987 by the merger of Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy, creating a company with a wide and deep luxury product portfolio. LVMH is based in Paris, France, and owns world-class brands such as Hennessy, Dom Pérignon, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Tag Heuer and De Beers.
As an organization, LVMH is divided into five distinct divisions with some brands operating in more than one: Wines and Spirits, Fashion and Leather Goods, Perfumes and Cosmetics, Watches and Jewelry, and Selective Retailing. Each division operates semi-autonomously resulting in a separate CEO at the head of each division that reports to a central Executive Officer that also serves as the chairman of the board of directors.
This division can be further two sub categories titled Champagne and Wines and Cognac and Spirits with brands such as Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon, and Hennessy.
The major brands that comprise this division are: Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Donna Karan, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Pucci, Berluti, Stefanobi, Rossimoda, and eLuxury.
The brands that comprise LMVH's Perfumes and Cosmetics portfolio include Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy. Many brands based in the Fashion and Leather goods division have also started product lines that have become managed within this division.
The majority of sales in this segment come from the Tag Heuer and De Beers brands.
The main stores that operate within this division are DFS, Miami Cruiseline, Sephora, and Le Bon Marche.
LVMH's brands target customers in the wealthiest ranks of the globe who buy luxury goods. Super-affluent (yearly income between $150,000 and $249,000) and ultra-affluent (yearly income greater than $250,000) made up 6 and 1.9 percent of the population respectively. LVMH's brands cater to an affluent consumer who, despite a recession, still have more disposable income than middle-to-lower income individuals. This level of stability in sales is seen only in the top tier luxury retail market, and distinguishes LVMH from near luxury brands and retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch Company (ANF) and Nordstrom, which count on sales to aspirational customers from the middle class. This advantage has proven valuable as the U.S. and European economies slid into a recession. In addition, due to its luxury image the prices for LVMH's goods are higher than those of retailers such as ANF and Nordstrom. This means they make a higher margin per item sold, leading to higher profits.
LVMH's revenue is derived from operations spanning the globe, with the U.S. as its largest single contributor of revenue. This has proven important as the U.S. economy went into a recession in 2008. These sales decreases were more than compensated for by revenue increases in LVMH's other regions, namely Europe, Asia (excluding Japan) and Australia. Higher sales in those regions have resulted in overall increased sales for the company.
LVMH competes in the luxury market with an array of small private and publicly held companies that make designer clothing, wine, watches, and other luxury goods. Unlike LVMH, most of these companies usually have only one brand in their portfolios. The most direct competitors to LVMH are Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), a French luxury holdings company that includes such brands as Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci, and Compagnie Financière Richemont, a Swiss luxury company that includes such brands as Cartier and Montblanc.