Footwear exports best since 2008

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EXPORTS: Shoe industry returning to pre-crisis level

FOOTWEAR exports reached during the first half of 2015 a total of €1.4 billion in sales amounting to 84 million pairs.

The figures represent a growth of 17.6 per cent in value and 6.6 per cent in terms of the number of pairs over the same period of 2014.

The Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries (FICE) said this data “was very positive” adding: “If we look at exports in the first half of the year since 1998, it becomes clear these are the best figures obtained since then.” The FICE noted: “This growth of 18 per cent in the footwear sector is almost four times that of the Spanish exports of goods.”

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The Valencia Region, which boasts most of the footwear factories in Elche and Elda, exported the most pairs of shoes according to the FICE. Among the major EU economies, employers indicated that shoe exports increased to Germany (7 per cent), France (5 per cent) and Italy (5 per cent), but exports to the UK market fell by 2.2 per cent. Outside the EU, exports to the US fell by 5.2 per cent year on year, while Japan saw an 7.9 per cent increase.

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