After seven years of uninterrupted growth, the number of buyers registered at Pitti Uomo declined slightly to 27,522 from 27,935 in January 2005, with drops both from Italy and from abroad. At 9,613, the foreigners represented a little less than half of the total attendance. Dismissing the new competition from Bread & Butter as a factor, the organizers attribute the fall to the reduced number of stores operating in the more developed markets. The Florentine fashion exhibition, which continues to host many high-end men’s footwear brands, recorded increases in attendance of 4, 5 and 9 percent from Germany, Spain and Switzerland, respectively. Attendance declined slightly from France, the UK, Holland and China. It grew instead from Northern Europe, Japan and Korea.