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First Research, March 2013, Pages: 10
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Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:
Companies in this industry make footwear, including athletic, casual, and dress shoes as well as boots, sandals, and slippers. Major companies include NIKE, Skechers USA, and Timberland (all based in the US), along with Adidas (Germany), Asics (Japan), Puma (Germany), Reebok (UK), and Yue Yuen (China), a subsidiary of Pou Chen (Taiwan).
The global footwear market generates about $85 billion in export revenue, according to the International Trade Centre. The largest footwear producing countries in terms of export revenue are China, Italy, Vietnam, and Germany.
The US footwear manufacturing industry consists of about 250 companies with sales of about $2 billion. The output of US footwear and other leather products manufacturing is expected to grow at a moderate level in the next two years. Growth drivers are consumer spending habits and fashion trends.
Many of the major shoe companies in the US are mainly owners of brand names that contract to have shoes made by independent manufacturers in other countries. Some large US producers, like New Balance, make a substantial share of their shoes in the US; some smaller operations manufacture all their shoes in the US.
Demand is driven by fashion and demographics. The profitability of individual companies depends on their ability to design and market attractive shoe models. Big companies have economies of scale in distribution and marketing. Small companies can compete successfully through superior design or marketing....
1. Industry Overview
2. Quarterly Industry Update
3. Business Challenges
4. Business Trends
5. Industry Opportunities
6. Call Preparation Questions
7. Financial Information
8. Industry Forecast
9. Web Links and Acronyms
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