Income gap and luxury markets expand

By Staff | June 5, 2012 | Last updated on June 5, 2012
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The Financial Times reports the worldwide market for luxury goods will hit $1.5 trillion this year — about equal to the entire economic output of Spain or Australia — as the number of wealthy grow in emerging markets like Brazil and China.

Read: No let up in China’s demand for luxury

Boston Consulting Group says spending on experiences, such as safaris, grew 50% faster than on goods last year. The overall market will expand 7% this year.

As the FT reports: “The gap in income inequality is growing, which is unfortunate, but as a result there are more and more millionaires every year,” said Jean-Marc Bellaiche, a senior partner at BCG and co-author of the latest report.

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