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One of the main public awareness campaigns and law enforcement actions that prohibits the use of the term "synthetic leather" in Brazil is underway once again. Another edition of the Leather Law Blitz (Blitz Lei de Couro), coordinated by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), will cover wholesale traders in the Brás and Bom Retiro regions of São Paulo state up until the end of April, verifying communication with brands and retailers in reference to articles made of leather or synthetic materials.
Looks like America is falling out of love with fashion, at least for now: A new report from the NPD Group highlights worrisome drops in sales of both footwear and accessories.
The footwear retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has entered into payment plans with its creditors reducing its debt load so it can continue to operate. However, it will be closing an “underperforming” 400 stores almost immediately, and will carry out a review of its remaining stores to see whether any more should shut down, the Kansas-based company announced.
Footwear consumption in Argentina fell from the record figure of 147 million pairs in 2015 to 138 million pairs last year, a decline of 6.2%. In the course of last year, sales of imported shoes increased, from 21.6 million pairs in 2015 to 27.4 million pairs in 2016.
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