Brazilian footwear exports on the high

According to the Brazilian Shoe Manufacturers Association, the country’s footwear exports recovered pace. From January to May, 49 million pairs were sold abroad, generating 441 million US dollars

This positive performance resulted in a 1.1% increase in volume, compared to similar period last year, and a significant increase in value terms (+20.1% in US dollars).

According to Heitor Klein, Executive President of Abicalçados, the Brazilian Shoe Manufacturers Association, the devaluation of the dollar has contributed to the increase of the prices for Brazilian products (up by 13.9%, from 8.57 US dollars to 10.86 US dollars a pair). The appreciation of the Brazilian Real continues and astrong domestic currency results in higher prices for the Brazilian products, as the companies will face higher production costs (expressed in the Brazilian currency). Mr. Klein expects that the rest of the year will be impacted by a slowdown of the Brazilian exports as a result of the currency fluctuations and the domestic situation with Brazil being impacted by the uncertainty in politics.

In the first five months of the year, the main destination for Brazilian footwear was the United States, to where 4.7 million pairs were sent, generating 79.3 million US dollars, a decrease of 10.8% in volume and -1.3% in US dollars from similar period last year.

Second destination was Argentina, with 3.6 million pairs with a total value of 56.2 million US dollars, increasing both in volume (28%) and value (62.8%) in comparison with the same period of 2016. Paraguay follows with 5.8 million pairs and total value of 39 million US dollars, lower numbers in volume terms (-9%), but an outstanding increase in value terms, with revenue more than doubling value (+120%) compared to similar period in 2016.

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Men now own as many footwear collection as women – survey

British men now have as many pairs of shoes as their female counterparts, according research conducted for retailer Spartoo.

Men own on average 19 pairs of shoes, including eight pairs of trainers, five sets of smart shoes, two pairs of boots, two pairs of sandals or flip flops, a pair of football boots and a pair of wellies.

The average UK male’s footwear collection costs £861, according to the survey of 2,000, compared with £789 for the average woman.

Men had bought three pairs of footwear in the past 12 months compared with two for women.

April Buchanan, marketing manager at Spartoo, said: “Although we traditionally think of females as having huge shoe collections, the research shows that men are catching up in the footwear stakes.

“Men’s fashion has certainly gathered pace in the past decade, with consumers becoming more diverse and daring, and now it seems men are on a par and about to surpass females when it comes to footwear. Trainers in the casual wear category is the largest growth category and it seems we can’t get enough.”

Those aged 25-34 were the biggest spenders in the last 12 months, followed by the 35-44 age group.

Buchanan added: “The rise in popularity of activewear and sports luxe clothing has accelerated the grow in trainers for a large majority of people, with consumers wearing trainers outside of the gym and sports activity. The relaxing of dress codes in the workplace and for formal events also means people have larger collections of casual footwear than in past years.”

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According to FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries, the value of footwear exports has fallen in the first trimester of the year, compared to similar period in 2016. Volume of exports up by 3.4%

According to FICE, the Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries, the value of footwear exports has fallen in the first trimester of the year, compared to similar period in 2016. Volume of exports up by 3.4%

In the first three months of the year, Spain exported 48 million pairs of shoes, with total value of 834.4 million euros, reflecting a 1.1% decline in value and a growth of 3.4% in volume.
The UE markets are still the main destination for Spanish footwear, receiving a total of 37.8 million pairs with a total value of 624.6 million euros and representing 78.8% of total exports. France (158.2 million euros), Italy (114.4 million euros) and Germany (80.5 million euros) make up the top 3 buyers ranking.

Notwithstanding this position, exports to the EU markets fell by 3.8% in value in the period. In the opposite direction, exports to non-EU markets grew by 8.6% in value. Exports to no EU markets already reached 209.37 million euros.

The United States are the main destination outside the EU and the fourth largest market for Spanish footwear, with a share of 7% in total exports. During the first three months of the year, a total of 1.6 million pairs valued at 57.7 million euros were exported to the United States.

Amongst the 40 largest destinations for Spanish footwear, the United States pay the second highest average price per pair (36.58 euros), just behind buyers from Hong Kong (41.97 euros).

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