The world's biggest luxury group has reported strong sales driven by the holiday shopping season. Sales reached almost $25bn (£19.9), a 9% increase in the final three months of the year.

LVMH said they experienced a second straight record year with revenue and profits despite geopolitical tensions and high cost of living.

The company saw strong growth in Europe, US and Japan which made up for losses in China due to Covid lockdowns.

In Asia, LVMH did experience a 20% drop in growth in the first nine months as the world's second largest economy doubled down on its zero-Covid policy.

However, LVMH chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault said he felt cautiously optimistic about "green shoots" in China.

"We have every reason to be confident, indeed optimistic about China," Mr Arnault said at the group's earnings presentation.

He pointed to their Macau stores as a sign of what could come. "Business is back, the Chinese are buying," he said.

Its designer label Louis Vuitton did exceptionally well. Its revenue surpassed $21.7bn for the first time.