Burberry sales growth slows as U.S. weighs on group

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LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) - British luxury brand Burberry

reported a slight slowdown in its fourth-quarter

comparable sales growth rate, as tough conditions in the United

States weighed on an "exceptional" performance in its home


Known for its classic trench coats, Burberry has benefited

from tourists taking advantage of a drop in the value of the

pound since the Brexit vote in June to buy luxury goods in the

British capital rather than other European cities.

Burberry said the British market remained strong and it

reiterated its full-year profit target, helped by the boost from

the weak pound.

But comparable sales growth rose just 2 percent in the

fourth quarter, below an analyst forecast of 3-4 percent growth,

and below a third-quarter rise of 3 percent.

"In an uncertain environment, we continue to take action to

strengthen the brand and reposition Burberry for growth,"

Christopher Bailey, chief creative and executive officer, said.

"While we have more to do, as we build on our progress so

far, we remain confident about Burberry's prospects in the

longer term."

Comparable sales in the second half of the year rose 3

percent, with strength in mainland China driving growth in Asia

Pacific and an "exceptional" performance in the UK boosting its

Europe, Middle East, India and Africa division.

Sales in the Americas fell by a "mid single-digit"

percentage, where the market has turned highly promotional,

while important markets including Hong Kong and Korea also


It said it was on track to deliver planned cost savings of

20 million pounds in full-year 2017, which would increase to at

least 100 million pounds a year in full-year 2019.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by James Davey and Jane