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    Sunglasses and contact lenses drove Mister Spex’ growth in Q3


    Mister Spex, the German-based omnichannel retailer, has reported a double-digit increase in Q3 sales as compared to the same period last year, however falling below its own growth expectations as the prescription glasses’ business, which accounts for about 80 percent of the group’s revenues, underperformed. Total quarterly revenues stood at ...

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    Visottica Comotec consolidates group structure


    Visottica Comotec, the Italian supplier of eyewear components, has announced that it had just completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Ookii and Matrix, two businesses in which it invested in 2017. Founded in 1994 and also located in the Belluno district, Ookii is specializing in the production of ...

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    Fast-growing Mykita opens first shop in South America


    MYKITA, the upscale independent eyewear brand, announced last month the opening of a new store in Mexico, its first retail location in South America. The opening of the store comes about ten years after MYKITA entered the country. Moritz Krueger, founder, said that Mexico City had come to play an ...

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    Kits Eyecare slows down in Q3


    Kits Eyecare, the Canadian-based eyewear pure online retailer that we started to follow a few months ago, announced that it has reached a record number of 640,000 two-year active customers, up 41 percent from the same number last year. However, Kit’s revenue growth came to a halt in the last ...

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    Warby Parker sees Q3 sales rise 32%, but remains in the red


    Warby Parker, the omnichannel U.S. retailer, booked revenues of $137.4 million in the third quarter, up by 32.0 percent on the year earlier and 45 percent higher than the same period of 2019, but its bottom line remained in the red due to charges associated with its recent public listing ...

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    Fielmann reports 10% sales hike in Q3


    The Fielmann Group reported a 10.0 percent revenue growth in Q3 as compared to the previous year, with total consolidated sales reaching €460.8 million, also up by 15.2 percent from the same quarter in 2019. Units sold increased by 3.6 percent to 2.17 million pairs of glasses, indicating a significant ...

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    Safilo up 11% in Q3 versus 2019


    Announcing its Q3 and 9-month results yesterday, Safilo reported a double-digit growth in comparable sales as compared to 2019, driven as in the previous quarters by the U.S. market but this time also by a partial recovery in Europe. The combined effect of the revenue increase and the ongoing progress ...

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    bbase launches sustainable materials’ index


    The bbase Design Group, an eyewear designer and manufacturer based in Hong Kong, has released a comparative tool measuring the sustainability performance of a number of materials used for the production of frames and lenses with the announced objective of providing the industry with a comparative analysis of existing sustainable ...

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    Charmant Europe displays Japanese heritage and craft with new brand


    Visitors at the recent Silmo eyewear trade fair in Paris were able to take a look for the first time at Charmant’s new house brand, Minamoto, just launched by the European subsidiary of the Japanese eyewear maker. Satoshi Otsuki, president of Charmant Europe, told us that Minamoto, which means “origin” ...

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    Marcolin back to pre-Covid sales level in key markets


    Marcolin has confirmed in Q3 its strong sales recovery since the start of this year, with nine-month revenues jumping by 42.8 percent year-on-year in reported terms to €336.6 million. At constant exchange rates, revenues were up by 47.5 percent as compared to 2021. The growth was driven by the American ...

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    DTC and America drove EssilorLuxottica’s Q3 growth


    Reporting its results for the first time since the integration of GrandVision business, consolidated in the accounts since July 1, EssilorLuxottica reported a 33 percent increase in Q3 revenues to €5,473 million as compared to 2019 and in constant currencies. On a comparable basis, total sales in the quarter for ...

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    Hoya Q2 sees sales of lenses inch up despite Covid-19 resurgence


    Hoya Corporation saw revenues in the second quarter ended September 30 rise by 16 percent compared to the year earlier to 162.6 billion Japanese yen (€1,234.1m-$1,426.7m), with both Life Care and Information Technology segments continuing their recovery despite a resurgence of Covid-19 in some countries and regions. On a constant ...

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    GrandVision reports 10% comparable Q3 growth vs. 2019


    GrandVision reported a 2.0 percent year-on-year increase in Q3 revenues to €1,068 million, also representing a 2.3 percent hike as compared to the €1,045 million reported for the pre-pandemic 2019 year. However, on a comparable currency basis, the group’s total quarterly sales grew by 5.8 percent as compared to Q3 ...

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    JINS revenues up 6% for the year, in spite of Q4 drop


    JINS Holdings, the Japanese-based retail group, reported a 12.4 percent year-on-year drop in quarterly sales for the last quarter of its financial year ended Aug. 31. The Q4 topline figure declined to 16.2 billion Japanese yen (€122m-$142m) versus Q4 2019, in stark contrast with the 56.2 percent year-on-year jump reported ...

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    MICROOLED partners with urban mobility start-up on smart eyewear


    Cosmo Connected, a French start-up company founded in 2015, has announced the launch of Cosmo Vision, its connected glasses designed to replace the use of smartphone for bicycle and motorbike users during their rides. The company, which is led by Romain Afflelou, develops safety solutions for urban mobility such as ...

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    Synsam targets €690-€840 million valuation


    Synsam, the leading optical retailer in the Nordics which recently declared its intention to go public, published its Introduction Public Offering (IPO) prospectus yesterday and announced that the first day of trading at the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange is scheduled for next Oct. 29. The complete document is available in ...

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    Solid growth for Kering Eyewear in Q3


    Kering Eyewear reported total revenues of €168 million for the third quarter of its current fiscal year. Corrected from royalties and intragroup operations, Q3 consolidated sales stood at €138 million, representing a 25 percent increase from the same period last year, and also significantly higher than the €100 million reported ...

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    U.S. market back over 2019 level in Q2


    The Vision Council has announced the release of its quarterly VisionWatch research report and disclosed some key figures and trends in the U.S. optical market for the second quarter of 2021. According to the Vision Council’s data, the U.S. eyewear market more than doubled in Q2 as compared to the ...

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    Synsam goes public too


    Synsam, the leading optical retailer in the Nordics, has announced its intention to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and start trading shares at the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange before the end of the year. The company’s main shareholder since 2014, Theia Holdings, an entity of the international CVC private ...

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    First launch and 2-year trial results announced for SightGlass Vision


    In conjunction with the commercial launch of the product in the Netherlands, CooperVision released last week the results of the ongoing clinical trial on the performance of its SightGlass Vision lenses in terms of myopia progression reduction after two years of research. The CYPRESS clinical study, as it is called, ...