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Positive perspectives regarding the health of footwear business

Positive perspectives regarding the health of footwear business
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we have asked our panel members about their opinions regarding the health of their businesses in the next six months. Get free access to the report with the main conclusions

Among producers and traders, the sentiment regarding the health of their businesses in the next six months is predominantly positive. Over 60% express confidence, with 40.5% believing it will be strong and 21% anticipating it to be very strong. Conversely, only 4.3% expect it to be weak. 

These perspectives exhibit variations across different lines of business, organizational sizes, and geographical regions.

Notably, traders are more optimistic than producers, smaller organizations express more optimism than larger ones, and respondents from Asia and Africa demonstrate higher optimism levels compared to those from Europe and North America.

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Executive Summary
Business Context
Health of the Business
Employment Level
Retail Channels
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Impact of COVID-19 on the Location of Footwear Production
About Survey

About the Survey

In 2019 the World Footwear has created the World Footwear Experts Panel and is now conducting a Business Conditions Survey every semester.

The objective of the World Footwear Experts Panel Survey is to collect information regarding the current business conditions within the worldwide footwear markets and disseminate this information to provide an accurate overview of the situation of the global footwear industry.

The ninth edition of this online survey was conducted during the month of November 2023. 

We have obtained 118 valid answers, 41% from Asia, 32% from Africa, 18% from Europe, 6% from North America and 4% South America. About 40% of respondents are involved in footwear manufacturing (manufacturers) or footwear trade and distribution (traders) and the other 60% in other footwear-related activities, including education and research (14%), trade associations (12%), consultancy (9%) and other activities (25%).

Previous Editions of this Bulletin can be found HERE