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A visitor uses a smartphone to take a photograph of a wristwatch on display at the Piaget, a unit of Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, booth during the first day of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair in Geneva, Switzerland. Photographer: Valentin Flauraud/Bloomberg


(Bloomberg) -- Swiss watch export growth weakened in July as shipments to the U.S. and China stalled.

Shipments rose 6.6 percent to 1.8 billion francs ($1.8 billion) last month, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said Tuesday. Exports of timepieces to the U.S. fell for the first time in six months, while those to China dropped for the first time in three.

  • This is the 15th consecutive month of growth overall
  • Shipments to Hong Kong rose 27%
  • Shipments declined 0.7% to the U.S. and 0.4% to China
  • Exports to Japan rose 17%
  • Exports to continental Europe dropped, with France down 1%, Italy down 9.1% and Germany down 8.6%

To contact the reporter on this story: Corinne Gretler in Zurich at cgretler1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Eric Pfanner at epfanner1@bloomberg.net, Thomas Mulier

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