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Portuguese footwear cluster with record results in 2022

Feb 13, 2023 Portugal
Portuguese footwear cluster with record results in 2022
Portuguese footwear and leather goods exports reached 2.35 million euros in 2022, a new all-time high, up by 22.2% as compared to the prior year. All segments registered significant growth
Last year, Portugal exported 76 million pairs of shoes, generating 2.009 million euros. These figures reflect an increase of 10.5% in volume and 20.2% in value, on a comparable basis to 2021. When compared to 2019, footwear exports grew by 13.8%. The average price of the Portuguese shoe, which stood at 26.40 euros, also rose by 8.7%, as compared to 2021.

A more refined analysis of the evolution of exports shows that Portugal is growing in nearly all the most relevant markets, such as Germany (up by 11.7% to 433 million euros), France (up by 15% to 384 million euros) and the Netherlands (up by 25% to 306 million euros).

Sales to non-EU countries stand out in the general picture, already amounting to 20% of the total value exported (392 million euros in 2022). A decade earlier, in 2012, non-EU markets accounted for only 9% of total exports. Brexit has decisively contributed to these figures, but it does not entirely justify this expressive leap. For example, in the space of a decade, footwear exports to the US rose from 19 to 114 million euros (growth of 52% only in 2022).

Footwear components exports soar

The footwear components' sector is also performing well in foreign markets. Exports increased by 30.2% in 2022 to 65 million euros, year-over-year.  The segment "soles and heels", particularly, recorded a growth of 20% to 32 million euros. Positive performances in Germany (up by 13% to 16 million euros), France (up by 40% to 11 million euros) and Spain (up by 16% to 9 million euros) ought to be highlighted.

Leather goods reach new record

The know-how amassed over generations and continuous investment in professional qualification is an increasingly significative argument for the leather goods sector. In 2022, the sector's exports reached a new historical high, with a growth of 37.4%, which amounted to 273 million euros. France (up by 99% to 86 million euros) and Spain (up by 34.2% to 70 million euros) were decisive for this result.


Source and image credits: portugueseshoes.pt

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