MILAN Jan 29 Italy's Luxottica, the
world's biggest premium eyewear maker by sales, said sales at
the start of 2013 showed positive trends after strong demand in
North America helped sales to meet forecasts last year.
The owner of Ray-ban and Oakley brands said on Tuesday
fourth-quarter sales rose 8.2 percent at current exchange rates
to 1.63 billion euros ($2.2 billion), a touch less than an
average estimate of 1.64 billion euros by analysts polled by
"The initial results for 2013, and for North America in
particular, continue to present strong growth prospects," Chief
Executive Andrea Guerra said in the results statement.
The cash-rich group, which also makes sunglasses for brands
including Prada and Giorgio Armani, has recently grown
through acquisitions of retail chains, and it benefits from a
highly integrated supply and distribution chain.
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(Reporting by Antonella Ciancio and Sabina Suzzi, editing by