|Three months ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|2017||2016||% Change||2017||2016||% Change|
|($ in millions)|
|European based product sales||$106.8||$88.6||20.5 %||$226.5||$180.7||25.3 %|
|United States based product sales||22.3||28.6||(21.6)%||45.7||48.0||(4.6)%|
|$129.1||$117.2||10.2 %||$272.2||$228.7||19.0 %|
On the subject of U.S. based operations, Mr. Madar continued, "The quarterly comparison is particularly difficult because in the second quarter of 2016, we commenced international distribution of our first ever Abercrombie & Fitch men's scent First Instinct and the Hollister fragrance duo, Wave. The current second quarter was somewhat uneventful in terms of new product launches, but included international distribution of First Instinct for women and Wave 2. More significant launches are scheduled for the second half of the year, including Icon Racing by Dunhill and Fantasia by Anna Sui, which should energize sales by U.S. operations."Raises 2017 Guidance Russell Greenberg, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer stated, "Based upon our first half performance with net sales up 19% and the outlook for the second half, when we launch our first Coach scent for men and Montblanc Legend Night, we have revised our 2017 net sales expectations upward. We now expect net sales for the 2017 year to be in the range of $560 million to $570 million, an increase from our previous guidance of $550 million to $560 million. We therefore expect diluted earnings per share attributable to Inter Parfums, Inc. for the 2017 year to be in the range of $1.25 to $1.27, an increase from our previous guidance of $1.20 to $1.24." Guidance assumes the dollar remains at current levels. Founded more than 30 years ago, Inter Parfums, Inc. is a premier fragrance company with a diverse portfolio of prestige brands that includes Abercrombie & Fitch, Agent Provocateur, Anna Sui, bebe, Boucheron, Coach, Dunhill, Hollister, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin, Montblanc, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Repetto, Rochas, Shanghai Tang, S.T. Dupont and Van Cleef & Arpels. The fragrance products developed, produced and distributed by Inter Parfums are sold in more than 100 countries throughout the world.
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