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Burberry wants to build up its leather business

Luxury group Burberry has said it will build up its range of leathergoods in the second half of 2017, responding to a positive result from this part of the business in the first quarter of its current financial year.

Releasing details of its performance on July 12, Burberry said its retail revenue growth for the three-month period, spanning April, May and June 2017, rose by 3% to reach £478 million.

On announcing the results, chief operating officer, Julie Brown, said: “We will continue to build our leather franchise. The leathergoods segment is performing better than the apparel segment.”

In a social responsibility report it published in June, Burberry revealed that it is working directly with three tanneries to help them “improve their environmental and social performance”. It did not name the leather manufacturers but said they are located in Europe and in Asia. Previous social responsibility reports have indicated that Burberry is working with tanneries in Spain, Italy and China.

It said 77% of the leather it uses in its accessories comes from tanneries certified by the Leather Working Group, Italy’s Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector (ICEC) or under ISO 14001 standards. The company also said it is working to improve traceability in its leather supply chain “to slaughterhouse and to farm level”.

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