November 6, 2014 / 6:25 AM / 5 years ago

Hermes says third-quarter sales rise 11 percent at constant forex

An Hermes sign is seen on one of their Paris stores March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - French luxury goods company Hermes (HRMS.PA) on Thursday posted an 11 percent rise in like-for-like third-quarter sales, driven by robust demand for its leather goods and ready-to-wear.

Hermes, famous for its 8,000-euro Kelly and Birkin bags, made revenue of 990.6 million euros (775.49 million pounds) in the three months to Sept. 30.

The trading update comes after arch-rival LVMH (LVMH.PA) said on Monday it would redistribute the Hermes shares it owns to LVMH shareholders on Dec. 17 as part of a dispute-ending agreement between the two luxury groups in September.

Under the deal, LVMH - the world’s No.1 luxury group, controlled by France’s wealthiest man, Bernard Arnault - agreed to relinquish most of its 23.2 percent stake in Hermes and not acquire any shares in its smaller rival for five years.

Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt; Editing by James Regan

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