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Kurt Geiger to open 9 new stores this week

Apr 14, 2021 / United Kingdom
The UK-based retailer has announced it will open nine new stores this week as non-essential retailers in England are allowed to reopen

UBS foresees 80 000 stores closures in the US by 2026

Apr 9, 2021 / United States
The analysis presented by the investment bank indicates that after the peak in closures registered in 2019, the scenario is not bright and shiny for the next 5 years. UBS is forecasting a 9% of the total current number stores to shut across the country by 2026

Manufacturers more pessimistic about prices than traders

Premium ContentApr 8, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
In our most recent edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey we have asked our panel of experts about their forecast regarding the evolution of prices in the footwear industry. Find out about their answers today

Asia more optimistic about quantity of footwear sold

Premium ContentApr 7, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
In our most recent edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey we have asked our panel of experts about their forecast regarding the evolution of quantities of footwear sold. Find out about their answers today

UNIC issues warning over raw materials price increases

Apr 7, 2021 / Italy
According to publication ILM, the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC) is concerned over the potential increases in the prices of materials for the industry

H&M falls to loss

Apr 6, 2021 / Sweden
The Swedish-based fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) reported a 21% drop in sales and now fell to a loss in the three months to the end of February. The latest restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 led to more than a third of H&M stores closed worldwide

Footwear consumption to increase this year, but pre-pandemic levels should not be reached before 2023

Premium ContentApr 5, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
The World Footwear' experts panel, gathering specialists from all over the world, is foreseeing a slight recover in footwear consumption during 2021 (+2.8%). Pre-pandemic levels shouldn't be reached before 2023

US: stimulus checks fuel spending in athletic footwear and apparel

Apr 1, 2021 / United States
Data from the Bank of America Global Research reveals that Americans are buying more sneakers and apparel, as the stimulus checks reach the bank accounts of many Americans

Virus-proof soles

Apr 1, 2021 / Portugal
A group of Portuguese researchers are working on a project involving the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Minho. The goal is to create a virus-proof shoe sole, which helps fighting the coronavirus, among others virus

Italy's fashion industry asks authorities for clear decisions

Apr 1, 2021 / Italy
A statement was issued by some of the most important fashion entities of the country. They argue that trade fairs are an essential asset for SME’s and industry in Italy, and starting them up again would be an important trigger for recovery of the national economy

Ireland with retail sales recovery in February

Mar 31, 2021 / Ireland
Volume of retail sales with positive growth in 10 business groups. The Central Statistics Office confirms the volume of retail sales increased by 13.9% in February

South Africa: impact of COVID-19 on the footwear industry

Mar 31, 2021 / South Africa
Jirka Vymetal, the Executive Director of SAFLIA - Southern African Footwear and Leather Industries Association, spoke with local magazine S&V about the state of the footwear industry in the country

Weyco: net sales down by 35.7% in 2020

Mar 31, 2021 / United States
The Milwaukee-based footwear group has announced financial results for the quarter and year ended on the 31st of December 2020. Net sales were down by 28.7% in the last quarter of the year. Accumulated loss for the year reached 35.7%

Caleres: revenue down by 27.5% in 2020

Mar 26, 2021 / United States
The US-based footwear group has announced fourth quarter and full year 2020 results. Revenue was down by 18.3% in the last quarter, and by 27.5% for the total of 2020

Amazon becomes top apparel retailer in US

Mar 26, 2021 / United States
According to research conducted by American-based bank Wells Fargo, Amazon has surpassed Walmart as the country's top apparel retailer
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