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Consumer Segments Based on Attitudes Toward Luxury: Empirical Evidence from Twenty Countries

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  • Bernard Dubois
  • Sandor Czellar

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  • Gilles Laurent

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This article proposes an international segmentation of consumers based on their attitudes toward luxury. We perform a two-stage empirical study with a data set that combines samples from 20 countries. We provide a substantive interpretation of the results to show that three attitude segments dominate in a Western cultural context. We discuss several directions for future research based on the findings. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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  • Bernard Dubois & Sandor Czellar & Gilles Laurent, 2005. "Consumer Segments Based on Attitudes Toward Luxury: Empirical Evidence from Twenty Countries," Marketing Letters, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 115-128, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:mktlet:v:16:y:2005:i:2:p:115-128 DOI: 10.1007/s11002-005-2172-0
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