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adidas teams up with thredUP in resale programme

Oct 13, 2021 / Germany
In partnership with second-hand platform thredUP, the sportswear giant has launched its Choose to Give Back programme. The initiative, aiming at extending the products's life cycle, is part of adidas End Plastic Waste's mission

Join the 5th edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey

Oct 12, 2021 / Business Conditions Survey
The WorldFootwear.com is asking all experts within the footwear industry to share their views about the current business situation and assess the main impacts of COVID-19. Join the new edition of the World Footwear Business Conditions Survey. We also want your opinions on the post-pandemic issues. Join today! We want to hear you

China’s share in footwear production down by 13% in a decade

Oct 5, 2021 / World
China is the unquestionable leader in footwear production, having achieved a share in the world total of 54.3% in 2020. This translated into more than 11 billion pairs produced by China last year. However, in a decade, the share of China in global footwear production was down by 13%, corresponding to more than 8 percentage points lost and going down from a 62.4% share in 2010

Average export price of footwear grows by 57% in a decade

Premium ContentOct 5, 2021 / World
Over the last decade, the average worldwide export price of footwear grew significantly and registered a record value of 10.37 US dollars in 2020. This is the highest value ever registered and represents growth of 56.7% compared to 2010 (when the average price was only 6.61 US dollars). Such variance points to an average annual growth in the footwear sector of 4.6% throughout this decade, while the general inflation of the economy was only 1.66%. Footwear prices grew almost three times more than the average registered for all goods

China enters the top 10 of footwear importers

Premium ContentSep 14, 2021 / World Footwear Yearbook
The Asian country is the number one producer and exporter of footwear in the world and holds the position of indisputable leader. Last year, China made its debut as one of the main footwear importers. Data is taken from the World Footwear 2021 Yearbook released by APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association. The publication gives you the most complete picture of the footwear industry

Average worldwide export price exceeds 10 dollars for the first time

Sep 7, 2021 / World Footwear Yearbook
Data is taken from the World Footwear 2021 Yearbook recently released by APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association

Asia accounts for more than half of global footwear consumption

Premium ContentAug 10, 2021 / World Footwear Yearbook
In 2020 Asia’s consumption accounted for more than half (55.8%) of the grand total worldwide. After being the major manufacturing hub for the footwear world, now Asia is also playing a key role in the consumption side. Data is taken from the World Footwear 2021 Yearbook just released by APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association

Growth in production accumulated over a decade wiped away in 2020

Aug 3, 2021 / World Footwear Yearbook
Footwear production was down by 15.8% in 2020. Data is taken from the World Footwear 2021 Yearbook just released by APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association

2020: a dark year for the footwear industry but better than the worst forecasts

Premium ContentJul 30, 2021 / World Footwear Yearbook
In 2020 footwear production and exports fell by 15.8% and 19% respectively. Data are taken from the World Footwear 2021 Yearbook just released by APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association. Previous forecasts were gloomier, and the World Footwear Experts Panel had pointed to a drop in global footwear consumption in 2020 of more than 20%. Final numbers for 2020 in the developed countries of Europe and North America are in line with such expectations. However, Asia and less developed countries outperformed expectations thus supporting a lower plunge in the global footwear industry

Japan Retail: No Olympic medal for retail sales

Premium ContentJul 27, 2021 / Japan
June started with some good perspectives as consumer morale in the Japanese market was the strongest in 16 months. However, the retailer’s sentiment is not accompanying, and a new State of Emergency in Tokyo is not promising good news. The Apparel & Accessories (including footwear) Retail Sales Index also suffered from less consumer confidence after March. And with no international visitors going to Japan to attend the Olympics, recovery chances of the retail industry will definitely be impacted

Germany Retail: Better confidence with cautious retailers

Premium ContentJul 13, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
The confidence background for retail in Germany is getting better, being the improvement noticeable for both consumers and retailers. Notwithstanding, the seasonally adjusted Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Retail Index has been rather volatile since December, with new decline registered in April, closing about the same 40 percentage points (pp) below the baseline as one year before. Online retail seems to be a winner, once again, and a recent study by McKinsey confirms that the online purchase during COVID-19 for footwear was 61% with a positive net intent of +26 pp to continue to do so after the pandemic

Spain Retail: are consumers curing their entrenched pessimism?

Premium ContentJul 6, 2021 / World Footwear Reports
As the new pandemic wave seems to be fading away in Spain, indicators are improving. In the last two months with data available (March and April) Footwear Imports and the Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Retail Index performed much better than in 2020. Adding to list of good news is the consumers and retailers' confidence at their maximum scores since March 2020. With the online retail being at its maximum as well, the question now is whether omnichannel strategies from physical operators will be strong enough?

France Retail: high confidence gives retail good signs

Premium ContentJun 28, 2021 / France
Confidence of both consumers and retailers improved in the last few months in France, contradicting the general expectation of the negative impact of the new lockdowns. Footwear retail, which had a deep fall back in April, improved significantly in May. And good news extend to the online, as lockdowns have favoured the internet sales share against the physical store trade for many categories, with apparel and footwear standing out

UK Retail: Anticipating a new Retail Normalcy

Premium ContentJun 21, 2021 / United Kingdom
With the seasonally adjusted TCF (Textile, Clothing & Footwear) Retail Sales Index successfully resuming the 2018 baseline, a new Retail Normalcy is anticipated. Importers, on their side, have well sensed since February that retail was about to reignite, as depicted by the increase in the monthly footwear imports. As the vaccination process evolves favourably in the UK, Consumer Confidence in the country seems to be unstoppable

Webinar: EU - Japan Agreement for the Footwear and Leather Goods Industry

Jun 1, 2021 / Webinars
Participation in the webinar is free of charge for all World Footwear readers. Learn more about the event and register today to understand more about the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and Japan
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