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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

UK: Poor weather and early Easter weigh on April retail sales

May 9, 2024 / United Kingdom
UK retail sales fell by 4 by 4.0% year-on-year in April, against a gain of 5.1% in April 2023. An early Easter and poor weather dampened sales, particularly for clothing and footwear, the BRC said

Golden Goose welcomes Bizzarri to the board at a time of strong momentum

Apr 26, 2024 / Italy
Former Gucci president and CEO Marco Bizzarri joins the board of the Italian luxury sneaker company as sales continue to grow, driven by strong performance across all regions

US retail sales rise again in March

Apr 24, 2024 / United States
Retail sales rose by 0.7% in March compared with February (seasonally adjusted), following a 0.9% rise in the previous month, reflecting continued consumer strength

UK retail sales flat in March

Apr 23, 2024 / United Kingdom
The first quarter was a disappointing one for retailers. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that both the value and volume of sales in March were unchanged on the previous month

Inflation threw a curveball at sportswear spending in 2023

Premium ContentApr 22, 2024 / World
The sportswear segment has proven not to be immune to the effects of inflation, with most of global players seeing their sales slow in 2023. Caution seems to prevail in 2024, but there are signs that consumer spending could pick up later in the year

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Apr 16, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
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Apr 8, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
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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

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Mar 22, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
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Germany: footwear sales rose in 2023 but not yet to pre-pandemic levels

Mar 22, 2024 / Germany
Despite a series of bankruptcies, footwear retail sales in Germany increased in 2023 by around 4% to 11.6 billion euros. However, they still remain below pre-pandemic levels

Kering warns of a 20% slump in Gucci sales for the first quarter

Mar 20, 2024 / France
The French-based luxury group has issued a preliminary statement for the first quarter, warning of a 10% drop in sales, led by its star house Gucci

Tough times ahead for German shoemakers

Mar 8, 2024 / Germany
German footwear manufacturers are facing a challenging 2024, says HDS/L, highlighting only nominally higher 2023 sales and losses on imports, especially in the second half of the year

UK retail sales growth slow in January amid weak demand

Feb 8, 2024 / United Kingdom
UK retail sales slowed in January, rising by just 1.2%, against a growth of 4.2% in January 2023, the British Retail Consortium said, warning that the high cost of living is entering its third year

Spain Retail: clouds are lifting for retail

Premium ContentJan 19, 2024 / World Footwear Reports
Despite some concerns about inflation, retailers were optimistic about their prospects for the end of 2023, and data on imports at least confirmed a stabilisation in the footwear trade on favourable grounds. Looking at our previous Retail Flash, it’s now safe to say that the clouds are lifting over retail in Spain. On a different note, online fashion has clearly lost the momentum generated during the pandemic
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