Research methodology The 1998 Apparel and Footwear Industries Survey was anannual analysis of the critical factors and trends which apparel and footwear manufacturers and distributors consider most important to the success of their business inthe year ahead. This survey is based on the research analysis provided by Benchmark, andthe interpretation of this analysis by KSA and the JBA Apparel and Footwear Business Unit.The research was conducted through telephone interviews and carried out by Benchmark(Europe) and Grace Marketing (US).