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2018: a year of growth for the footwear industry

2018: a year of growth for the footwear industry
The year 2018 was marked by the positive dynamics initiated in 2017, following two years of stabilization. Footwear production and exports grew by 2.7% and 4.3%, respectively. Data is from the World Footwear Yearbook 2019 published by APICCAPS

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Footwear production worldwide reached 24.2 billion pairs in 2018, having grown by 2.7% over the previous year. Since the first edition of this Yearbook, and by way of comparison with 2010, footwear manufacturing worldwide has expanded by 20.5%.

In terms of its geographical distribution, production continues to be heavily concentrated in Asia, where almost 9 out of each 10 pairs of shoes are manufactured.

Global footwear exports increased for the second consecutive year in 2018, setting a new all-time maximum of 142 billion dollars. However, in terms of volume, this is still below the 15.2 billion pairs record set in 2015. Growth was unevenly distributed in geographical terms. China is the origin of almost two thirds of all footwear exports, but its market share fell again in 2018. Since 2010 China’s share in worldwide exports has now lost 9 percentage points.

World Footwear Yearbook
The World Footwear Yearbook, a project developed by APICCAPS since 2011, analyses the most important trends within the worldwide Footwear industry and offers a comprehensive picture of the footwear industry (for more information follow this link). In its most recent edition the publication presents statistics by 2018, both in quantity and value, giving a picture of the positioning of the main players taking into account production, consumption, exports and imports. The publication also includes an individual analysis of dozens of markets,as well as the evolution of the main world players in this sector, with 84 countries under analysis.

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