Italy’s main national footwear industry body, Assocalzaturifici, has said its member companies experienced an average fall in sales of 33% in the first three quarters of 2020.
President of the organisation, Siro Badon, said: “The figures for the first nine months of the year reveal a sector that has been sorely tried by the covid emergency.”
To illustrate this, he pointed out that 101 Italian footwear producers ceased operating in the course of the first nine months of 2020 and that the industry shed 2,600 jobs. Mr Badon pointed out that, taking component manufacturers into account, these figures increase to 231 companies closing their doors and 3,453 jobs being lost.
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