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Birkenstock invests 110 million euros in new shoe factory

Sep 15, 2022 / Germany
The German brand revealed that the investment of around 110 million euros in the new site in Pasewalk, Northeast Germany, is "by far" the largest individual one in the company's history

Guanajuato reports a labour shortage

Jul 31, 2022 / Mexico
According to the Mexican Secretary of Sustainable Economic Development (SDES), Ramón Alfaro Gómez, the footwear sector is the most affected by the labour shortage

Amazon to create more than 4 000 new jobs in the UK

Jul 21, 2022 / United Kingdom
The online retailer giant announced that it is creating more than 4 000 new permanent roles across the UK, which will bring its permanent workforce in the country to 75 000

US labour market powers ahead

Jul 20, 2022 / United States
Despite recessions fears, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics reported that employers hired far more workers than expected in June. Wages continued to rise at a steady pace

US footwear industry expects sales to decline

Jul 13, 2022 / United States
According to the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA), the footwear industry is pulling back on hiring and investment due to a major forecast of weaker sales for the next six months

Unemployment rate in the UK hits historic low

Jun 20, 2022 / United Kingdom
This was revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The UK unemployment rate is now close to a 50-year low point, having dropped by 0.2% to 3.8% for February to April 2022

France Retail: retailers’ confidence sank in the first quarter of 2022

Premium ContentJun 15, 2022 / France
Despite the Eurostat TCF (Textile, Clothing and Footwear) suggesting the return of retail to normalcy, there are red signs undermining not only consumers’ confidence, but also the retailers’ one, who before had displayed some insensitivity towards risks. Surging energy prices, inflationary pressure and the war in Ukraine are overshadowing any boost from an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The subsequent increase in costs does make us wonder why TCF retail is not in the red yet

UK Retail: retail prospects for the next months lean to the downside

Premium ContentJun 8, 2022 / United Kingdom
In the first quarter of 2022, TCF (Textile, Clothing & Footwear) Retail Sales Index returned to pre-pandemic levels, showing that it is no longer sensitive to COVID-19. However, its positive behaviour is somewhat puzzling: consumer pessimism continues to plunge, most likely due to the rising inflation, which hit a record 7% in March, placing pressure on manufacturers’ costs. In addition, it is yet early to quantify the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on European retail markets

Arnaud Haefelin: exports are the main driver of the French leather goods sector

Premium ContentMay 26, 2022 / France
We spoke with Arnaud Haefelin, who is the President of the French Leather Goods Federation (FFM), to discuss the priorities of his third term at the helm of the association

General outlook for the footwear industry is optimistic

Premium ContentMay 9, 2022 / 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 April. Today we bring you a summary of some of the main conclusions

General outlook for the footwear industry is optimistic

May 9, 2022 / 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 April. Today we bring you a summary of some of the main conclusions

Footwear industry in Brazil creates 17.8 thousand jobs

May 5, 2022 / Brazil
According to Abicalçados, the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association, the national sector’s companies created a total of 17 800 new jobs in the first quarter of 2022

Kering and the French Ministry of Labour join forces for integration

May 4, 2022 / France
The group and the French Ministry of Labour, Employment and Integration signed a charter for supporting young people, vulnerable individuals and people with disabilities in the job market

Hermès to open two new leather goods workshops by 2026

Mar 22, 2022 / France
The two workshops, which will employ 500 people, will allow the French luxury house to increase its production capacity while remaining committed to its artisanal culture

Footwear business not expected to be carbon neutral by 2050

Premium ContentMar 9, 2022 / Business Conditions Survey
Sustainability is becoming more of a real concern for businesses and inhabitants of this world. However, some claim this is just a fashion trend or a marketing tool. With that in mind we have asked our panel if the footwear industry will be able to be carbon neutral by 2050. Half of the respondents don’t believe that will happen
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