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US Retail: not all news are bad for retail

Premium ContentNov 8, 2022 / United States
The available data suggests that retailers made sure to fill up their stocks this year, most likely causing supply to outstrip demand. But while demand may have slowed down, mainly due to high inflation, spending has not ceased, and retailers are expected to increase their promotions through the end of the year to dispose of marked-down excess inventory. Consumer confidence indicators are somewhat mixed, but it is safe to assume that, at least, it has stopped bleeding. In fact, the contrast with European consumers is clear, showing that US shoppers are less sensitive to the geopolitical risks concerning the ongoing war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, though slowly, footwear prices increases are starting to decelerate

Germany Retail: after a surprising summer, retail might not be able to withhold the impacts of recession

Premium ContentNov 1, 2022 / World Footwear Reports
The analysis of both TCF (Textile, Clothing, & Footwear) Retail Index and footwear imports show that German consumers chose “to enjoy the present before it is too late”. In July, retail trade was still healthy enough to accommodate the price increases caused, first, by the impact of the pandemic on the global supply, and then, by the skyrocketing of energy prices following the Ukraine crisis, not to mention the high inflation. However, given the free fall of consumers’ and retailers’ confidence observed since March, additional uncertainties are expected to arise throughout Autumn. Furthermore, despite all gains observed in the recent past, the online seems to be losing some track, and the macroeconomic environment will not be an ally during the second half of 2022

Spain Retail: footwear retail fears the end of the year on account of macroeconomic uncertainty

Premium ContentOct 28, 2022 / World Footwear Reports
Looking exclusively into the available evidence from the comparison between the monthly behaviour of footwear imports and the TCF (Textile, Clothing, & Footwear) Retail Index in Spain, as well as the TCF Retail Indicator by Eurostat, there are not yet red lights on the retail side, so far. But, as more consumers struggle to make ends meet with high inflation and increases in gas and electricity, footwear retail is expected to soon be a victim of the need to divert from non-essentials. Meanwhile, online sales appear to have stabilized, so, with the COVID-19 influence out of the picture, it is up to retailers to continue investing in this channel, where there is much yet to be done

France Retail: news are not uplifting footwear retail

Premium ContentOct 19, 2022 / World Footwear Reports
The Footwear Retail Sales Index (by BdF) reached in July its lower score in thirteen months in a row, and data from imports from the same month which will most likely make importers revise their decisions to the downside after the increasing value available for june. Despite a slight relief in consumer confidence in August due to Governmental aid, the increase in prices left little space in the wallet for discretionary footwear purchases. Meanwhile, online retail seems to have gained about 50 percentage points in 30 months in France, but data does not allow us yet to conclude whether the footwear segment shares this performance

UK Retail: the second quarter might have been the lull before the storm

Premium ContentOct 5, 2022 / World Footwear Reports
Despite a 6 percentage points gain in the TCF (Textile, Clothing, & Footwear) Retail Sales Index in the second quarter of 2022, over the prior one, and a positive trajectory in footwear imports, prospects do not look good for retail. Amidst skyrocketing inflation and the worst consumer sentiment since 1974, the footwear consumer can barely afford further price increases, making the retail volume tilted to the downside. With the threat of a recession from the fourth quarter on, the majority of retailers believe that the cost-of-living crisis will be almost twice as damaging as the COVID-19 pandemic

All the facts and numbers of the footwear industry in 2021

Sep 28, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
Last year, production and exports at global level grew by 8.6% and 7.4%, respectively. Worldwide footwear production exceeded the 22 billion pairs threshold but is still below pre-pandemic levels. In 2021, 13 billion pairs were exported worldwide, representing a partial recovery from the drop registered in 2020 but remaining below that of any other year in the last decade

8 of the top 10 footwear importers are European countries

Premium ContentSep 19, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
This is one of the main conclusions of the World Footwear 2022 Yearbook, recently released, and focusing on the analysis of the footwear industry in 2021. Read more about it today

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Sep 7, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
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Footwear exports: China leads but Vietnam is the success story

Premium ContentAug 30, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
This is one of the main conclusions of the World Footwear 2022 Yearbook, recently released, and focusing on the analysis of the footwear industry in 2021

58.8% of the footwear produced in 2021 was exported

Premium ContentAug 23, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
This represents the lowest percentage in a decade, according to the World Footwear 2022 Yearbook, recently released. Read more about it today

Footwear consumption in the US bounced back strongly in 2021

Premium ContentAug 16, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
This is one of the main conclusions of the World Footwear 2022 Yearbook, recently released, and focusing on the analysis of the footwear industry in 2021. Read more about it today

Global footwear production up by 8.6% in 2021

Premium ContentAug 9, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
This is one of the main conclusions of the World Footwear 2022 Yearbook, recently released, and focusing on the analysis of the footwear industry in 2021. Read more about it today

2021: global footwear market recovers from the pandemic but is still far from an all-time high

Premium ContentJul 28, 2022 / World Footwear Yearbook
In 2021 footwear production and exports grew by 8.6% and 7.4%, respectively. Data are taken from the World Footwear 2022 Yearbook just released by APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear Association. Global footwear production exceeded the 22 billion pairs threshold but is still below pre-pandemic levels. Last year 13 billion pairs were exported worldwide, representing a partial recovery from the drop registered in 2020 but remaining below that of any other year in the last decade

Footwear in Switzerland – a country snapshot

Premium ContentJul 25, 2022 / World Footwear Reports
After focusing on the footwear business in Poland, South Africa, South Korea and Russia, today, we bring you a new country snapshot, this time analysing in detail the Swiss footwear industry

US Retail: consumer confidence collapses while footwear retail slowly loses its drive

Premium ContentJul 12, 2022 / World Footwear Reports
Despite the declining trend of the monthly shoe store retail sales and persistent macroeconomic headwinds such as supply chain disruptions and the continuous rise of inflation, US companies are displaying some optimism towards the remaining year. That is not the same as saying there is no caution or concerns on the horizon. The pace of the increase in footwear prices is in fact slowing, suggesting that the pressure of demand might be no more at work in the US. The critical point is that consumer confidence collapsed due to inflation and the war in Ukraine, which might restrain consumer spending this year
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