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Zalando upgrades its outlook for fiscal 2021

May 13, 2021 / Germany
Following exceptionally strong and profitable growth in the first quarter, continued elevated growth levels in the second quarter, and a stable outlook for the second half of the year, Zalando is upgrading its outlook for the current fiscal year

US Retail: Will retail go back to the trend?

Premium ContentMay 10, 2021 / United States
Retail Sales in shoe stores started the year with a decreasing trend, putting an end in some recovery registered in the last months of 2020, especially when the stimulus checks started reaching the households. E-commerce is on an upward cycle, however, is not clear if the net result will be a good one, as its growth is taking place at the expenses of brick and mortar. Once again, as in other geographies already analysed in the past weeks, Consumer Confidence seems to be on a good track, translating the feeling that mass vaccination will knock COVID-19 soon. The question is: will retail go back to the trend?

Zalando launches pre-owned in 7 new markets

May 5, 2021 / Germany
After the launch in October 2020 in six European countries, the ecommerce giant has now fuelled the internationalization process of its “Pre-owned” business, by making it available in seven new markets

Germany Retail: After some successful months, retail took a massive hit by the end of 2020

Premium ContentMay 4, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
After the initial hit back in the first months of 2020, the impact of the pandemic in German retail sales seemed to be manageable for most of the year. However, in the last two months of 2020 the plot of the story changed, and with strength. As in other geographies, the bad news for the offline channels has been accompanied by good news for the online. Will this be enough? Most people believe it will not. The good news seems to come from the confidence indicators: consumer pessimism seems to be fading away. And retailers seem to follow. Will confidence beat COVID-19?

The Netherlands: retail turnover up by 6%

May 3, 2021 / Netherlands
According to the Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Dutch retail sector recorded 5.9% year-on-year turnover growth in March 2021. Turnover in the non-food sector was up slightly, while the food sector suffered turnover losses

Nona Source: online resale platform for materials from LVMH Fashion & Leather Goods Maisons

Apr 29, 2021 / France
The French multinational corporation and conglomerate specializing in luxury goods has announced the launch of Nona Source, the first online resale platform for “re-sourcing” materials from the Group’s Fashion & Leather Goods Maisons

Italian and Spanish footwear risk additional taxes in the US market

Premium ContentApr 27, 2021 / Italy
The Digital Services Taxes (DST) and the reaction of the US with the threat to implement tariffs to products coming from 6 US trading partners are the hot topic at the moment in the footwear industry. Today we look into what that means for Italy and Spain

Matt Priest: we are 100% against the duties

Premium ContentApr 26, 2021 / United States
We spoke with the President & CEO of the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America to go over the topic of the moment: the US threat of duties on footwear imported from Spain, Italy and the UK

France Retail: Footwear Sales in Troubled Waters again

Premium ContentApr 22, 2021 / France
After a period of some return to normality, as reported in our previous Retail Flash for France, footwear retail in France plunged in November, to recover over the Christmas period. The up and down continued when we entered 2021. And the concern is raised: if 2020 was not good, and if other waves of the pandemic emerge, how will the footwear retail resist in 2021?

UK Retail: Christmas upsurge turns into big new dip at the beginning of 2021

Premium ContentApr 19, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
As a new wave of COVID-19 struck the UK and a new confinement hit the country after the New Year, retail sales of footwear slowed down again. One interesting fact comes from the indicator of consumer confidence, which is now increasing for two succeeding months. If vaccination in the UK succeeds, footwear sales decline might not persist. The question is what the impact will be for brick and mortar, as this virus seems to have been fatal for many high street players

Digital Communication and Sustainability: the two priorities for post-COVID investment

Premium ContentApr 16, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we questioned our panel members about the investment priorities footwear companies will be focusing in the post pandemic world

Digital increasingly important at the expenses of traditional retail

Premium ContentApr 14, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
Since the first edition of the WF Business Conditions Survey, we have been asking our panel of expert about their expectations regarding the evolution of different retail channels over the next three years: digital continues to be increasingly important

Asos with sales growth of 24%

Apr 13, 2021 / United Kingdom
A few weeks after the announcement of the acquisition of part of the assets of the Arcadia group, including Topshop, the British electronic marketer Asos published its results for the six months to the end of February, posting two digits growth in sales

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

Future of the footwear industry is uncertain, but the general outlook is positive

Premium ContentApr 6, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
The World Footwear' experts panel, gathering specialists from all over the world, is foreseeing a slight recover for the footwear industry in 2021. Access the latest report and get free access to some of the main highlights of the last Business Conditions Survey
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