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Spain Retail: concerns grow for retailers after an unexpected fall in sales

Premium ContentMay 24, 2024 / World Footwear Reports
While 2024 began with consistent, albeit modest (around 1% monthly) growth, a concerning trend emerged in March, with retail sales falling sharply by 7.9% as compared to the previous month. However, a silver lining remains. Fashion is currently the retail sector experiencing the least inflation, and consumers still hold some optimism about the overall economy. This suggests that a period of resilience may be needed from retailers, but a potential rebound could be on the horizon

Footwear survey reveals optimistic outlook

Premium ContentMay 21, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
The results of the 10th edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey are now available. Despite the macroeconomic scenario, the overall outlook remains optimistic

LAST CALL! Join the 10th edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey

Apr 16, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
The WorldFootwear.com is asking all experts within the footwear industry to share their views on the current business situation. Join the new edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey. WE WANT TO HEAR YOU!

SECOND CALL! Join the 10th edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey

Apr 8, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
The WorldFootwear.com is asking all experts within the footwear industry to share their views on the current business situation. Join the new edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey. WE WANT TO HEAR YOU!

Japan Retail: trade did not improve at the end of 2023, but a recovery is not out of the picture

Premium ContentApr 1, 2024 / Japan
As anticipated in the previous edition of the WF Retail Japan, trade (physical and online) did not improve at the end of 2023. What’s more, the country unexpectedly slipped into recession amid sluggish consumption and pressure on retail costs due to the weak yen. However, it’s expected that the easing of consumer inflation and the recovery of wages due to labour shortages could occur in the first half of 2024 and both consumer and retailer sentiment is on an upward trend. So perhaps a modest recovery could take place soon

Join the 10th edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey

Mar 22, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
The WorldFootwear.com is asking all experts within the footwear industry to share their views on the current business situation. Join the new edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey. WE WANT TO HEAR YOU!

World Footwear Voices: interview with Steve Lamar from AAFA

Premium ContentMar 21, 2024 / World Footwear Voices
Today we bring you a conversation with Steve Lamar, President and CEO at American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Watch the new episode of the World Footwear Voices

World Footwear Voices: interview with Kubilay Genckan from Alibaba.com

Premium ContentMar 6, 2024 / World Footwear Voices
Today we bring you a conversation with Kubilay Genckan from Alibaba.com. Watch the new episode of the World Footwear Voices dedicated to discussing some of the pressing issues around the business of B2B platforms

Impact of COVID-19 in the supply chain

Premium ContentMar 5, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we asked our experts about their opinion on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the location of footwear production for major international brands

US Retail: it’s all about the prices

Premium ContentFeb 28, 2024 / United States
There are signs that footwear retail sales could rise moderately in the near term, but this will all depend on future price behaviour. On the one hand, the CPI suggests that the risk of renewed price rises is well contained, but on the other hand, retailers continue to manage excess inventories, so their pricing power may not be more evident until 2024. Perhaps better news comes from consumers’ inflation expectations for the next 12 months, as they seem to believe that they will get a break from inflation, which usually leads to more discretionary demand

Footwear consumption to grow by 9.5% in 2024

Premium ContentFeb 22, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we asked our panel about their expectations regarding the evolution of footwear consumption in the next year. Learn all about it in this new article

UK Retail: challenging times may be ahead after disappointing fourth quarter in 2023

Premium ContentFeb 20, 2024 / United Kingdom
Retail sales of clothing and footwear disappointed in the last quarter of the year after a promising start on Black Friday. This is not particularly surprising given that prices in the category fell more slowly than overall prices and items remain relatively more expensive, making consumers more cautious in their choices. There are some long-term positive signs for retailers when it comes to consumer confidence, but there are likely to be some bumps in the road in the meantime

Pressure on the cost of materials continues to rank as the main difficulty for the business

Premium ContentFeb 19, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, 46% of the surveyed experts listed the cost of merchandise and raw materials as the number one difficulty for footwear businesses in the next six months

Importance of digital retail channels will continue to increase, survey reveals

Premium ContentFeb 14, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, half the experts surveyed said they believe digital retail channels will increase their share in footwear sales in the next three years

Footwear retail prices expected to increase

Premium ContentFeb 7, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, panel members revealed their expectations regarding future increases in footwear retail prices. A sentiment influenced by the high inflation recently experienced
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