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Tamil Nadu ensures investment of 28.508 crores

Aug 4, 2021 / India
The local government of the southern Indian state announced an overall investment commitment of 28.508 crores in 49 projects involving companies from various sectors. Footwear is included. The initiative is expected to generate 83.482 job opportunities

Consumer confidence in the UK returns to pre-pandemic levels

Jul 29, 2021 / United Kingdom
The latest quarterly consumer tracker by Deloitte reported the highest consumer confidence since the end of 2019. Results are attributed to Governmental measures and success of the vaccination process

Japan Retail: No Olympic medal for retail sales

Premium ContentJul 27, 2021 / Japan
June started with some good perspectives as consumer morale in the Japanese market was the strongest in 16 months. However, the retailer’s sentiment is not accompanying, and a new State of Emergency in Tokyo is not promising good news. The Apparel & Accessories (including footwear) Retail Sales Index also suffered from less consumer confidence after March. And with no international visitors going to Japan to attend the Olympics, recovery chances of the retail industry will definitely be impacted

UK: 17 000 new high street stores could open

Jul 22, 2021 / United Kingdom
New research by Barclays Corporate Banking disclosed that thousands of local high street stores could open across the UK in the next 12 months as consumers adapt to a post-lockdown and are more focused on local shopping

North Macedonia: retail continues its recovery

Jul 21, 2021 / North Macedonia
Retail sales in North Macedonia grew by 19.2% year-on-year in May, following a record 23.0% surge in the previous month, according to data released by the State Statistical Office (Makstat)

US Retail: a friendly atmosphere for retail

Premium ContentJul 20, 2021 / United States
The consumer confidence momentum in the US is in good shape, resulting in the best results achieved in more than a year. Footwear consumer prices have increased significantly since February, and after a long year of deflation this is good news for retailers. As for ecommerce, the post-pandemic normalization is expected to brake the online impetus. However, the expectation is that the upwards online share trend will resume at least at the pre-pandemic ending point

UK retail sales jump 13.1%

Jul 14, 2021 / United Kingdom
According to the latest release by the British Retail Consortium, in the five weeks running from the 30th of May to the 3rd of July, sales increased by 13.1%

Germany Retail: Better confidence with cautious retailers

Premium ContentJul 13, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
The confidence background for retail in Germany is getting better, being the improvement noticeable for both consumers and retailers. Notwithstanding, the seasonally adjusted Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Retail Index has been rather volatile since December, with new decline registered in April, closing about the same 40 percentage points (pp) below the baseline as one year before. Online retail seems to be a winner, once again, and a recent study by McKinsey confirms that the online purchase during COVID-19 for footwear was 61% with a positive net intent of +26 pp to continue to do so after the pandemic

Growth in Romanian retail sales slows down

Jul 13, 2021 / Romania
According to figures from the Bucharest-based National Institute of Statistics (INS) Romania retail sales grew at a softer pace in the month of May

Singapore's retail sales rise 79.7%

Jul 9, 2021 / Singapore
Retail sales in the Asian country rose by 79.7% in May, with the growth due to the low base in the same period last year when physical stores were closed during the initial dissemination of the pandemic COVID-19

Australia: retail records steady rise

Jul 8, 2021 / Australia
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, retail sales in the country in May were up by 0.4%. This updates the 0.1% rise from the Preliminary Retail Trade release and represents an increase of 7.7% compared with May 2020

Slovakia: economic sentiment increases in June

Jul 7, 2021 / Slovakia
According to Bratislava-based Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) the country’s economic sentiment increased in June, after a partial deterioration last month, was slightly more optimistic than a month ago

Spain Retail: are consumers curing their entrenched pessimism?

Premium ContentJul 6, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
As the new pandemic wave seems to be fading away in Spain, indicators are improving. In the last two months with data available (March and April) Footwear Imports and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Retail Index performed much better than in 2020. Adding to list of good news is the consumers and retailers' confidence at their maximum scores since March 2020. With the online retail being at its maximum as well, the question now is whether omnichannel strategies from physical operators will be strong enough?

Israel bans sale of fur in the fashion industry

Jul 2, 2021 / Israel
Israel has announced that it has banned the sale of fur in the fashion industry, promoted by Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel. The decision will go into effect in six months, making Israel the first country to prohibit the usage of this material in the fashion industry

Croatia retail sales jump in May

Jul 1, 2021 / Croatia
Croatia's retail sales volume grew by an annual 16.5% in real terms in May, after rising by 34.4% in April, the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (Crostat) confirmed, quoting working-day adjusted figures
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