For years, luxury prices in China have been soaring.
According to Julius Baer’s Lifestyle Index , the cost of living the luxury life in Asia jumped 12 percent in 2011. That was twice the inflation rate for the broader Asian economy. The Baer index is a basket of goods that includes all of the necessities of the good life, like Oyster Rolex watches, Armani suits and face lifts.
Now, however, the cost of living large in China is slowing – possibly a sign of the broader slowdown in China and slowing spending of the Chinese rich.
The Hurun Report’s Luxury CPI (yet another measure of luxury prices) grew 4.9 percent – the slowest rate of growth since 2009.
The price weakness was led by luxury real estate, which fell 2.4 percent year-over-year. Private jets and yachts were also weak, rising less than the broader rate of inflation in China. (Read more: China's Art Bubble May Be Popping )
Prices for luxury travel held up the best, rising 12 percent over the past year. Pricey drinks were also still pricey, rising 8 percent. In fact, the one item that the Hurun report said increased the most in price wasa bottle of Shuijingfang Classical Collection, which is a baijiu (or “white liquor”). That price jumped 59 percent.Page 1 of 2 | Next Page