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PARIS, March 22 (Reuters) - French luxury goods group Hermes posted on Wednesday a 13 percent increase in 2016 net profit, providing further evidence of a broader recovery in the luxury goods industry, and reported a record operating profit margin.
Hermes, known for its $10,000 Birkin bags and $400 printed silk scarves, said its operating margin had reached a record 32.6 percent of sales against 31.8 percent in 2015, while the company also increased its dividend by 12 percent.
Hermes said it was keeping an "ambitious" medium-term goal for revenue growth at constant exchange rates, despite growing economic and geopolitical uncertainties around the world. (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)