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UK: consumer confidence improved in November

Dec 2, 2021 / United Kingdom
According to the GfK's Consumer Index, consumer confidence in the UK grew by three points in November, on a comparable basis to the previous month, despite concerns over surging inflation

Mexico: footwear industry expects to close 2021 with growth

Dec 1, 2021 / Mexico
The Chamber of the Footwear Industry of the State of Guanajuato (CICEG) forecasts that the footwear industry will close the year with growth of 25%, on a comparable basis to 2020

US Retail: the holiday season might not be enough to withdraw the retailer's worries

Premium ContentNov 29, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
The Retail Sales Index in the US Shoe Stores has registered a favourable pace between March and August, which could give good perspectives for the near future. However, footwear retail gains are dwindling, closing at only 4 percentage points upside in August, after 11pp above the line in March. On top of that the consumers’ mood is plunging again and with inflation entering a danger zone in the US, retailers have reasons to be worried, especially if footwear prices stay in the upper range for a longer time

UK retail sales picked up in October

Nov 29, 2021 / United Kingdom
According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), October retail sales volumes increased for the first time in six months in October 2021, most likely due to early Christmas shopping

Larger footwear companies are more optimistic about employment

Premium ContentNov 26, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
Although COVID-19 is still one of the topics of the moment, most of the experts of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey believe the coming months will be positive with favourable expectations about the levels of employment in the business

Strong health of the footwear business is expected in the coming months

Premium ContentNov 25, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
Although COVID-19 is still dominating most of our conversations and making headlines in the news, most of our panel experts believe that businesses will have a positive evolution. Read about this in our most recent bulletin of World Footwear Business Conditions Survey

Manfred Junkert: consumers are changing their habits

Premium ContentNov 25, 2021 / Germany
Today we bring the second part of a conversation with Manfred Junkert, Managing Director of HDS/L: Federal Association of the German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry. We took this opportunity to hear his views on sustainability and the future challenges of the footwear industry

Footwear industry is now more optimistic about the future

Premium ContentNov 24, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
This is the main outcome of the most recent edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, conducted during the month of October. Today we bring you a summary of some of the main conclusions

Manfred Junkert: we will have a higher percentage of ecommerce in our business

Premium ContentNov 18, 2021 / Germany
Today we bring the first part of our conversation with Manfred Junkert, Managing Director of HDS/L: Federal Association of the German Footwear and Leather Goods Industry. We have discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the footwear industry in Germany, and debated what were the main changes coming out of this crisis

UK: consumer spending increases by 14.2%

Nov 17, 2021 / United Kingdom
Despite the backdrop of inflation concerns and rising household bills, overall consumer card spending grew by 14.2% in October, compared to the same period in 2019. The latest update comes from Barclaycard

CTCP provides international experience to European students

Nov 15, 2021 / Portugal
As part of the Erasmus+ European project SciLed, the Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre received 11 young students from Spain, Italy, Greece and Romania for an intensive training initiative (Training Learning Experience)

Brazilian footwear featured at Expo Dubai

Nov 15, 2021 / Brazil
At the beginning of the month, Brazilian footwear had an exclusive space within the country's pavilion at Expo Dubai. Organization made by Brazilian Footwear (Abicalçados) in partnership with the Brazilian Agency for Export and Investment Promotion (Apex-Brazil)

Germany Retail: too early to claim victory on the retail performance

Premium ContentNov 11, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
In recent months, the Textile Retail Index (including Clothing & Footwear) in Germany compares well to the pre-pandemic 2019 data. However, one must remember that 2019 was a terrible year for the German economy. As we write this Retail Flash, the consumer price index for footwear is following the upwards movement of prices in general and retailers are now looking on how to offset higher costs of raw materials and logistics in footwear imported from overseas. That said, it seems too early to claim victory on the retail performance in Germany

Retail take-off in Spain is not clear, despite improvement in confidence

Premium ContentNov 4, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
Retail Sales Index in specialized stores in Spain are still some 20 percentage points below the pre-pandemic levels, registered in 2019. Confidence seems to be improving for consumers and retailers, but importers are more cautious. Online continues with a good performance, however, the online share is not enough to push retail up. Developments in the coming months will reveal the way for retail in Spain

US shoppers intend to keep buying shoes online into the holidays

Nov 4, 2021 / United States
According to the latest poll of likely holiday footwear shoppers from FDRA and Emerson College, most of the respondents intend to purchase online. This trend remains stable from last year
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