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Global footwear to strengthen but hurdles remain

The global footwear industry is expected to grow 4-5% to nearly $200bn next year as a firming global economy fuels consumer demand for leadi...

Mexico's shoe makers blame their woes on China

Mexico's shoe industry continues to blame its woes on China - demanding the government act to quell a flood of imports which trade leaders s...


Mexican shoe makers lifted by Inditex expansion

Ivan Castano Freeman | 31 Oct 2011

Tempe Grupo Inditex, the shoe-making franchise of Spanish fashion giant Inditex, plans to triple its footwear production in Mexico. Meanwhile, other international brands such as Nike, Steve Madden and Puma are also mulling boosting their output in the Aztec country, whose Guanajuato region has become well-known for making high-quality leather shoes.


Global sourcing pledges for Mexico's shoe sector

Ivan Castano Freeman | 13 Sep 2011

Mexico's leading footwear fair Sapica closed last week with more promises from global shoe brands to switch their sourcing to Leon, the nation's manufacturing hub, in coming months.


just-style.com | 20 Dec 2004

The Romanian clothing industry has several reasons to rejoice. It’s the biggest Eastern European clothing exporter to the EU, the local supply chain is improving and domestic consumption is on the rise. Surprisingly though, the majority of Romanian manufacturers don’t seem afraid of the Chinese threat reports Jozef De Coster.


just-style.com | 27 Sep 2004

Retro sporty shoes in a broad range of colours for both men and women, 40s-style peep toes, flat round-toed moccasin mules, wooden-soled clogs, flower and butterfly motifs were some of next summer’s highlights on show at the GDS footwear fair. Penny Leese reports.

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Steve Madden reaffirms FY despite Q1 declines

Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 2015

US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has reaffirmed its full-year outlook despite recording a decline in first-quarter earnings and a narrowing of gross margin.


Steve Madden cites “tough” Q4 for declines

Michelle Russell | 25 Feb 2015

US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden said the fourth quarter was a tough period that capped a difficult year for the company after it booked a drop in earnings and sales.


Steve Madden buys boot maker Blondo

Michelle Russell | 29 Jan 2015

US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has purchased boot maker Blondo’s intellectual property assets from Regence Footwear and 3074153 Canada.


Steve Madden lowers FY forecast on sales decline

Michelle Russell | 9 Jan 2015

US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has revealed flat sales in its fourth-quarter, below expectations, and lowered its EPS guidance for the full year.


Steve Madden Q3 hurt by "lack of trends"

Katie Smith | 30 Oct 2014

US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has posted softer than expected results in the third quarter, weighed down by lower sales and a "lack of fashion footwear trends."


Steve Madden cuts outlook after "disappointing" Q3

Katie Smith | 20 Oct 2014

US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has lowered its full-year outlook on the back of "disappointing" third-quarter results.


Steve Madden faces lawsuit over 'Zumba Bootie'

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2014

US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has had a trademark lawsuit filed against it by Florida fitness company Zumba Fitness.


Juicy Couture to launch in India with Reliance

Michelle Russell | 13 Oct 2014

Authentic Brands Group has signed an agreement with Reliance Brands to launch Juicy Couture in India late next year.


Steve Madden to buy Mexico licensee for $15m

Katie Smith | 30 Sep 2014

US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has signed an agreement to acquire its Mexico licensee for US$15m as it looks to expand its presence in the country.


Steve Madden buys Dolce Vita footwear for $60.3m

Katie Smith | 15 Aug 2014

US fashion footwear and accessories business Steve Madden has acquired Dolce Vita Holdings, a designer and retailer of branded and private label footwear, for US$60.3m.


Steve Madden reports "difficult" Q2

Michelle Russell | 31 Jul 2014

Footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has highlighted what was a "difficult" second-quarter for the group after booking a decline in earnings and sales.


Juicy Couture axes all US stores in revamp

Richard Woodard | 25 Jun 2014

Juicy Couture owner Authentic Brands Group is to shutter all of the apparel brand’s US stores as it plans an overhaul of the business.


Steve Madden Q1 profit climbs on wholesale growth

Katie Smith | 2 May 2014

Footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden recorded an increase in first-quarter sales, thanks to an "outstanding" performance from its wholesale business.


Brian Atwood moves from Jones to Steve Madden

Leonie Barrie | 24 Mar 2014

Nearly two years after selling his business to The Jones Group, footwear designer Brian Atwood has bought it back and entered into a strategic partnership with Steve Madden instead.


Wholesale gains boost Steve Madden Q4 profit

Richard Woodard | 26 Feb 2014

Footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden saw its fourth quarter profit boosted by a strong wholesale performance at the end of 2013.


Steve Madden Q4 sales up but lowers FY guidance

Michelle Russell | 13 Jan 2014

Footwear business Steve Madden has booked an increase in fourth-quarter sales but lowered its earnings guidance for the full year, on the back of soft retail traffic and sales trends.


Steve Madden Q3 profit grows 16.1%

Katie Smith | 31 Oct 2013

Footwear business Steve Madden has reported a 16.1% increase in net profit during the third-quarter on the back of weaker comparisons last year and higher sales.


Steve Madden posts 7.6% Q2 profit growth

Katie Smith | 1 Aug 2013

Footwear and accessories firm Steve Madden has today (1 August) reported a 7.6% increase in second-quarter net income, helped by improved margins and higher sales.


Steve Madden Q1 profit rises 7%

Katie Smith | 7 May 2013

Steve Madden has today (7 May) reported a 7% increase in first-quarter net profit, boosted by continued momentum in its accessories business, new store growth and the expansion of its international division.


Steve Madden records 38% Q4 profit growth

Katie Smith | 26 Feb 2013

Footwear and accessories maker Steve Madden has posted a 38% increase in fourth-quarter profit, helped by rising sales of merchandise under its namesake brand and a benefit related to the bankruptcy of Betsey Johnson.


Steve Madden Q3 profit rise as sales increase

Katie Smith | 1 Nov 2012

Footwear and accessories maker Steve Madden has today (1 November) seen its third-quarter net profit rise on the back of double-digit sales growth and improved margins.


Reliance Retail posts 48% jump in H1 turnover

Katie Smith | 16 Oct 2012

Reliance Retail, the retail arm of industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries, has booked a 48% jump in first-half turnover, helped by strong same-store sales growth.


Dune inks India franchise deal with Reliance

Katie Smith | 13 Sep 2012

UK-based fashion footwear and accessories retailer Dune Group is partnering with Reliance Brands on an exclusive long-term franchise agreement in India.


Steve Madden Q2 profit up as wholesale sales rise

Katie Smith | 26 Jul 2012

Footwear and accessories maker Steve Madden saw its second quarter net profit rise on the back of higher sales of wholesale footwear and accessories and new acquisitions.

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Big gap between Ethiopia export goals and reality

Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2014

Ethiopia may have more trump cards to play than any other sub-Sahara African country when it comes to developing a competitive cotton, textile and garment supply chain, but it still has a rough road ahead. Indeed, Ethiopia's growth as a garment exporter will be slower and more difficult than the government and local textile organisations predict.

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