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Hurun Releases Luxury Consumer Price Index 2011

Hurun Releases Luxury Consumer Price Index 2011

Slowdown in Luxury Property Prices Cools Inflation for Chinese Super-rich

Hurun Report releases Luxury Consumer Price Index 2011

  • China’s wealthy face 7.73% rise in costs of luxury products and services, outstrips national inflation
  • Jet and yacht prices see greatest gains, surging 20.1% yoy, followed by cosmetics and accessories with 16.7% gain.
  • Luxury property prices slow to 14.4%, down from 56.4% last year as government measures kick in
  • Leading the charge of rising luxury prices is a bottle of 30-year-old vintage Moutai, a Chinese baijiu, which now costs RMB 20,580, up 60.8% yoy.
  • High demand for executive MBA programmes allows leading business school to hike prices 18.9% to RMB 630,000.
  • Currency changes played an important role in the price increases.  In the past year, the Swiss Franc appreciated 28.6% against the Yuan, the Euro 11.7% and the British Pound 8%. Both the US Dollar and HK Dollars fell 5% against the Yuan. 
  • Luxury Consumer Price Index outstrips national CPI for fifth consecutive year.
  • Golf club membership rise less than national inflation, up only 2.9% yoy.
  • Hurun Report estimates that RMB 110 million now required for ‘financial freedom’ in first-tier Chinese cities, and RMB 70 million in second- and third-tier cities.

(25 July 2011, Shanghai) Hurun Report, the leading authority on wealth in China and publisher of the annual China Rich List, released the Hurun Luxury Consumer Price Index today. The Luxury Consumer Price Index (LCPI) is an alternative index, measuring the change over one year in the prices paid by luxury consumers for a basket of 61 luxury goods and services. This is the fifth year Hurun Report has released the LCPI.

Hurun Report’s index shows that China’s wealthy are having to cope with a 7.73% rise in costs, 1.3% higher than the national Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is running at 6.4% in June yoy, but considerably slower than last year’s explosive 11.3% increase.

In the Hurun Report basket of goods and services, yachts and jets have seen the largest prices rises with 22.1%, followed by cosmetic and accessories with 16.6%, luxury property prices 14.4%, high end drinks and smokes 9.2% and education 7.4%.  Sectors that have grown slower than national inflation of 6.4% include watches and jewelry up 5.7%, luxury travel up 4.1%, private club memberships up 2.9% and luxury automobiles are up 1.5%. The only sector that ended up cheaper than last year was high end furniture, down 12.2% yoy.

Currency changes played an important role in the price increases.  In the year to 1 June 2011, the Swiss Franc appreciated 28.6% against the Yuan, the Euro 11.7% and the British Pound Sterling 8%. Both the US Dollar and HK Dollars fell 5% against the Yuan. Of the 61 products in the basket of goods and services, 38 are imported.

Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman and Chief Researcher of Hurun Report, said, “Luxury consumer prices continued to rise in the last year, as wealth continued to be created in China, triggering increased spending on luxury. With China now Number One in the world for almost all luxury brands: Number One largest market, or Number One fastest growing market, the annual change in luxury prices has an important effect on the profits of these brands.”

Up and up
Yachts and jets rose fastest, at 20.1% yoy, significantly outstripping national inflation of 6.4%. The British Sunseeker yacht brand now sells its new 73-foot Manhattan yacht for RMB 31.4 million all in, up 24.6% compared with its old 70-foot model, partly due to the rise in the pound sterling and partly due to the increased appetite from China’s wealthy. The cost to rent a private jet in China is up 15.6%. For example, a Beijing-Shanghai return trip on a Gulfstream G550, capable of seating 16 people, now costs RMB 276,500.

Government measures to control the surge in luxury property prices seem to have had an impact, with luxury property prices slowing this year to 14.4%, down from last year’s explosive 56.4%.  In Shanghai, for example, a 350sqm villa rose 17.7% yoy to RMB 35 million, significantly slower than its 70% rise last year.

Accessory and cosmetic prices shot up 16.6% year on year, led by fashion brand Chanel charging customers 61.6% more than last year for a particular bag.  Cosmetics also continued to defy national inflation, with Lancôme charging 10.3% more for a jar of its skin cream than last year.

Luxury alcohol prices continue to rise at 9.2% yoy, similar to the 9.1% jump seen last year.  A surge in demand for luxury baijiu led the way, with a 30-year-old bottle of vintage Moutai now costing 60.8% more than last year, retailing in department stores at RMB 20,580.  China’s thirst for all things Bordeaux continued, with a case of six bottles of Château Lafite 1982 rising to RMB 445,186, a 29.3% price jump on last year, partly mitigated by the increase in the Euro.

Watches and Jewelry prices rose 5.7% yoy, slower than national inflation, driven primarily by a hike in the cost of its gold and diamond raw materials and currency increases. The price of a one kilo gold ingot rose to RMB 316,850 and a one carat diamond to RMB 97,526, representing increases of 19.6% and 9% respectively. Despite a 28% appreciation of the Swiss Franc to the RMB, luxury watch prices have remained stable.

Education fees continue to rise, this year up 7.4% compared with 5.3% last year. Executive education programmes led the way, with an EMBA at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, a leading business school in China, now costing RMB 630,000, up 18.9%.
Luxury car price increases have fallen behind national inflation, up 1.5% yoy, compared with 3.1% last year. Rolls-Royce led the way with a 4.1% hike in the cost of a Phantom extended wheel base. Most of the other key luxury car brands managed to maintain their prices with the regular launch of updated models.

Luxury travel prices remained below national inflation levels at 4.1%. Europe has become more expensive over the past year, with the Euro, British Pound and Swiss Franc all rising sharply against the RMB, whilst travel to the US and HK has become cheaper. Domestic hotel prices continue to rise, with a night in the Pudong Shangri-la Hotel rising 12.9% this year.
Luxury furniture prices have dropped 12.2% yoy, mainly due to a fall in the value of red wood, a dark wood popular with luxury Chinese consumers.

960,000 Chinese millionaires and counting
There are now 960,000 individuals in China with personal wealth of RMB 10 million (equivalent to US$1.5 million, Euro 1.1 million, GBP 950,000) and 60,000 individuals with more than RMB 100 million, according to the GroupM Knowledge - Hurun Wealth Report 2011 released in April this year. They are 39 and 42 years old respectively, making them fifteen years younger than their Western peers, and growing much faster.
The Chinese millionaire has 3.3 cars and 3.7 watches and takes an average of 15 days holiday a year. 
The Chinese millionaire is currently on a quest to turn their ‘new money’ into ‘old money’.
The most popular collectables are watches, red wine and Chinese classical art.

Product or Service

2011 Price RMB

Price increase (decrease) %

Total

7.73%

Jets and yachts

20.11%

Sunseeker Manhattan 73, after tax, freight and with all options

31,400,000

24.60%

Gulfstream G550 (rental Beijing-Shanghai return)

276,500

15.62%

Skincare and accessories

16.64%

Chanel (A01112 Bag)

37,500

61.64%

Vertu Signature Rose Gold

295,000

28.26%

Ermenegildo Zegna (classic suit)

26,600

15.65%

Lancôme (Secret de la Vie 50ml)

3,950

10.34%

Hermes (90cm Scarf)

3,550

1.43%

LA MER (Cream 60ml)

2,600

0.00%

Louis Vuitton (Speedy Bag)

5,750

-0.86%

Property

14.39%

Shenzhen Mission Hills in Residence (630sqm villa)

24,000,000

26.98%

Nanjing Zhongshan International Golf Villa (600sqm)

38,400,000

20.00%

Shanghai Tomson Golf Villa (350sqm)

35,000,000

17.65%

Beijing Ligong Villa (1000sqm)

70,000,000

16.67%

Shanghai Shimao Sheshan Villa (750sqm)

73,650,000

3.37%

Beijing Star River (347sqm apartment)

21,167,000

1.67%

Drinks and smokes

9.22%

Moutai 30 Years

20,580

60.78%

Château Lafite 1982 Case of 6 bottles

445,186

29.34%

Royal Salute 21 Years

1,408

10.00%

Richard Hennessy

26,258

8.50%

Louis XIII

17,580

0.00%

Chivas 18 years

608

0.00%

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

1,678

0.00%

Swellfun

880

0.00%

Moët & Chandon

468

0.00%

Panda Cigarettes one pack

80

0.00%

Chunghwa Cigarettes one pack

75

-3.85%

Education

7.38%

CKGSB Executive MBA

630,000

18.87%

Peking University CEO Learning Programme

39,800

11.17%

Wycombe Abbey School – 1 year boarding fees in UK

242,697

10.67%

Eton Summer Course

58,000

3.57%

Tsinghua University EMBA

450,000

0.00%

CEIBS EMBA

459,200

0.00%

Watches and jewelry

5.66%

Gold Au99.95 1kg

316,850

19.61%

Cartier Love Bracelet

44,900

12.53%

Diamond (Round, 1.00ct F vvs1)

97,526

9.04%

Piaget (Polo GOA32039)

233,800

7.99%

Rolex (Oyster Perpetual Datejust 116233)

90,200

3.56%

Patek Philippe (Nautilus 5712/1A)

280,700

0.00%

Montblanc (Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen)

6,340

0.00%

Swarovski  (Necklace 661065)

2,000

0.00%

Louis Vuitton (Lovely Cup, Mid size)

38,400

-1.79%

Travel

4.11%

Pudong Shangri-la Hotel 1 night

5,520

12.93%

Peninsula Hong Kong (Superior Harbor View Suite) 3 nights

25,099

6.51%

Lijiang Banyan Tree (Deluxe Pool Villa) 3 nights

12,111

6.24%

Air France First Class Ticket (Round trip from Beijing to Paris)

112,593

2.90%

Peninsula Hong Kong Presidential Suite 1 nights

59,760

0.52%

Pudong Shangri-la Hotel Presidential Suite 1 night

49,450

-4.44%

Private club memberships

2.90%

Sheshan Golf Club Membership

1,800,000

7.14%

Mission Hills Golf Club Diamond Membership

1,880,000

4.44%

Chang'an Club Membership

150,000

0.00%

Fuchun Resort Golf Membership

1,020,000

0.00%

Luxury cars

1.54%

Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

7,800,000

4.14%

Porsche 911 Turbo

2,350,000

3.64%

Mercedes-Benz S500L

2,188,000

1.63%

Audi A6L 2.0T FSI / MT

377,500

1.34%

BMW 740

1,378,000

0.00%

BMW Z4 3.0si

738,000

0.00%

Range Rover V8 4.4

1,728,000

0.00%

Interiors

-12.22%

Steinway (Concert Grand D)

1,522,700

-8.18%

Yundian Furniture (sofa set No.6)

330,000

-16.26%

About Hurun Report Inc

Nobody Knows China’s Rich Better!

Established as a research unit in 1999 by British accountant Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun Report Inc. has grown into a leading luxury publishing group based in Shanghai, China. Hurun Report Inc. has a stable of four luxury magazines, the Hurun Research Institute and an active business events division targeting China’s entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. 

The flagship Hurun Report magazine is published monthly and reaches the households of 98,000 proven wealthy Chinese individuals and their advisers. Hurun Report is best known for its annual Hurun Rich List, widely considered the bible of wealth and de-facto Who’s Who of Chinese business. Today, the Hurun Rich List ranks 1363 renminbi billionaires (equivalent to US$ 150 million).

Hurun Report Inc also publishes Horse & Polo, The Schools Guide Series and Wings & Water.

Horse & Polo provides in-depth coverage about horse related issues including features on Polo, Dressage, Horse Racing, Bloodstock as well as Croquet and Dogs. The magazine is designed to be the glamorous companion for wealthy Chinese with a passion for horses.

The Schools Guide Series explains the respective education systems of various destinations such as the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and Singapore, issues parents need to take into consideration when making the transition from the Chinese system, and lists the top preparatory, secondary and undergraduate schools.

Wings & Water is for the so-called lion kings of China; those individuals who lead industry and shape opinions. It addresses the needs of those entrepreneurs looking to purchase a jet or yacht, as well as setting out how to maintain these big and costly machines.

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