Dutch consumers spent about 7 percent less on shoes between September and November 2007 than in the same three months the year before. The decline of 9 percent in pairs was caused entirely by the women’s category: while the number of pairs sold increased by 16 percent for children and crept up by 2 percent for men, they fell by 11 percent for women. In value, the decrease amounted to 7 percent for women’s shoes, contrasting with increases of 35 percent for children and by 5 percent for men. Dutch retailers reported that their sales fell by 3.2 percent in November.