World Footwear


Germany Retail: positive signs on the horizon, but it’s not yet time to pop the champagne

Premium ContentJun 24, 2024 / Germany
Good news keep coming, but no one is out of the woods yet. Footwear retail sales outperformed overall retail sales in January and February, although they remain lower than the same period last year. Consumer sentiment remains negative but is improving, driven by lower inflation rates and wage growth, and retailer sentiment, although more negative, is following the trend. With recent news of a better economic outlook for the year and a rise in the value of imports at the start of the year, there is a chance that consumers will pull retailers up. Let’s see how the coming months unfold

Clarks to cut a further 150 jobs

Jun 21, 2024 / United Kingdom
The British footwear specialist is reportedly set to slash 150 office jobs, as losses widened last year. The latest job cuts come after the company made 103 roles redundant in 2023

More than 9 000 visitors at the last edition of Expo Riva Schuh

Jun 21, 2024 / Italy
The 101st edition of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags, held in Riva del Garda from the 15th and the 18th of June, attracted more than 9 000 visitors from 100 countries around the world

Bangladesh leather exports on the decline

Jun 19, 2024 / Bangladesh
It seems that the year 2023-2024 won’t be a positive one for Bangladesh’s leather exports. With one month left to the end of the year, total leather exports have declined by 14.17% year-over-year

Axel Arigato appoints new creative director

Jun 19, 2024 / Sweden
The Swedish footwear and fashion brand Axel Arigato has appointed Jens Werner as creative director. He succeeds Max Svärdh, who cofounded the label with Albin Johansson in 2014

Industry is antecipating an increase in the quantity of footwear sold

Premium ContentJun 18, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
According to the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey more than 60% of the respondents expect quantities of footwear traded to increase. All results are now available

France Retail: the ball is in the consumers’ court to boost retail

Premium ContentJun 18, 2024 / France
The first quarter of the year brought some contradictory signs in France, but perhaps all is not lost, especially for footwear retailers. Prices in the category have been rising at a slower pace than general items, becoming more stable every month, which perhaps helps explain the (albeit residual) increase in footwear sales in March. Confidence indicators for both retailers and consumers remain in the red, but the small year-on-year increase in imports at the start of 2024 points to higher demand later in the year. With the European elections in June and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in August, as well as real wage growth, the ball is in consumers’ court to boost retail

Positive 2023 for Italian footwear, leather goods and tannery machinery exports

Jun 18, 2024 / Italy
According to ASSOMAC, the association representing Italian manufacturers of footwear, leather goods and tanning technology, the 3.66% year-on-year growth in exports in 2023 shows the “resilience” of the sector

Slight increase in the attendance of foreign buyers at Pitti Uomo

Jun 18, 2024 / Italy
The first data on the final turnout at the men’s fashion fair in Florence indicates a slight increase in the number of foreign buyers, but a decrease in the number of Italian ones

Slowdown in US footwear price increases

Jun 17, 2024 / United States
US footwear price increases decelerated in May, in line with overall consumer retail prices, according to the latest data from the FDRA. In general, however, they are still rising

Portuguese Business School and Sanjo launch exclusive sneaker edition

Jun 17, 2024 / Portugal
The Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG) and the Portuguese footwear brand Sanjo have teamed up in a groundbreak collaboration to create an exclusive edition of sneakers

Parent company of Clarks posts full year net loss

Jun 14, 2024 / United Kingdom
The parent company of the British footwear retailer Clarks suffered a net loss in 2023, despite overall revenue growth. The results reflect a weak demand, with cautious consumers facing high inflation and rising interest rates

New majority shareholder at Dr. Martens

Jun 14, 2024 / United Kingdom
The British footwear company has announced that the Guernsey-based IngreGrsy has acquired a 38.46% stake in the brand as part of a restructuring within owner Permira’s buyout fund

White Mountain to expand into the male segment

Jun 13, 2024 / United States
The US-based label, owned by the American Exchange Group, continues to expand into different product categories. It has now announced plans to enter the men’s and boys’ footwear segment

Brazilian footwear exports remain in the red

Jun 12, 2024 / Brazil
Brazilian footwear exports are still in the red. In the first five months of the year, footwear exports fell by 25% in volume and 22% in value, as compared to the same period of last year
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