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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

Footwear survey reveals optimistic outlook

Premium ContentMay 21, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
The results of the 10th edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey are now available. Despite the macroeconomic scenario, the overall outlook remains optimistic

Impact of COVID-19 in the supply chain

Premium ContentMar 5, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we asked our experts about their opinion on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on the location of footwear production for major international brands

Footwear consumption to grow by 9.5% in 2024

Premium ContentFeb 22, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we asked our panel about their expectations regarding the evolution of footwear consumption in the next year. Learn all about it in this new article

UK Retail: challenging times may be ahead after disappointing fourth quarter in 2023

Premium ContentFeb 20, 2024 / United Kingdom
Retail sales of clothing and footwear disappointed in the last quarter of the year after a promising start on Black Friday. This is not particularly surprising given that prices in the category fell more slowly than overall prices and items remain relatively more expensive, making consumers more cautious in their choices. There are some long-term positive signs for retailers when it comes to consumer confidence, but there are likely to be some bumps in the road in the meantime

Pressure on the cost of materials continues to rank as the main difficulty for the business

Premium ContentFeb 19, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, 46% of the surveyed experts listed the cost of merchandise and raw materials as the number one difficulty for footwear businesses in the next six months

Importance of digital retail channels will continue to increase, survey reveals

Premium ContentFeb 14, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, half the experts surveyed said they believe digital retail channels will increase their share in footwear sales in the next three years

Physical and Chemical Tests: What tests should a footwear brand perform on their products?

Premium ContentFeb 9, 2024 / World Footwear Reports
Just released! A new paper dedicated to testing in the footwear industry. Learn all about testing and understand what physical and chemical tests are, and which ones are relevant for your products and why

Footwear retail prices expected to increase

Premium ContentFeb 7, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, panel members revealed their expectations regarding future increases in footwear retail prices. A sentiment influenced by the high inflation recently experienced

Germany Retail: despite some good news, retailers continue to worry

Premium ContentFeb 1, 2024 / World Footwear Reports
German retailers’ worries are not over. Despite a slight uptrend in the Textile, Clothing, and Footwear (TCF) Retail index, in line with the recent positive trend in consumer confidence indicators, their concerns go well beyond nominal performance and focus on whether inflation will continue to erode margins. Put simply, passing on costs to customers or closing down altogether is still keeping them up at night. As the first quarter is traditionally slow, and the volatile geopolitical situation could change at any moment, we are cautious about making near-term forecasts

Positive perspectives regarding the health of footwear business

Premium ContentJan 30, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, we have asked our panel members about their opinions regarding the health of their businesses in the next six months. Get free access to the report with the main conclusions

Employment: stabilisation is the word for the footwear industry

Premium ContentJan 25, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, two-thirds of our panel members responded that they believe the level of employment will stabilise in the next few months. Get free access to the report with the main conclusions

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

Footwear industry with optimistic expectations for the future

Premium ContentJan 18, 2024 / Business Conditions Survey
In the latest edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey, our panel members predicted an increase of 7.3% in footwear prices over the next six months. Get free access to the report with the main conclusions

Global slowdown in international footwear trade

Premium ContentJan 17, 2024 / World Footwear Reports
A sluggish demand in two of the main areas for footwear consumption, the US and Europe, resulted in a global slowdown in international trade throughout 2023. Check the snapshot of the performance of the main players with the figures known so far
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