* Shares edge higher (Adds detail and background)
PARIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - French luxury goods group Kering , whose brands include Gucci and Saint Laurent, said it planned to buy back up to 1 percent of its share capital over a 12-month period.
Kering said the total amount of the buyback would not exceed 300 million euros ($342 million), and that the price paid would not exceed 480 euros per share.
Kering shares edged up by 0.7 percent to 379.90 euros in early trading. The stock has risen about 4 percent so far in 2018, although it has gradually retreated after hitting a record high of around 522 euros in June.
Last week, Kering reported that demand for its Gucci handbags had proven more resilient than expected in the third quarter, extending a strong sales run even as markets fret that momentum in the luxury sector may be petering out.
$1 = 0.8777 euros Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, editing by Louise Heavens