Euro Shoes Premiere Collections counted a total of 5,500 daily visits for the duration of the Moscow fair in August, including 1,500 on the first day. Only 15 percent of the visitors came from Moscow. While 7 percent came from other CIS countries, practically all the others came from other regions of Russia. The show hosted 170 companies on 13,500 square meters of space, and 30 percent of them consisted of Russian representatives or distributors of foreign brands. Amazonas, Beppy, Primigi, Think! and Zenox were among the newcomers. Exhibitor and visitor numbers were sharply up from a year ago, but down from last February. According to the organizers, many companies did not sign up because of legal and financial problems at Camelot, a company that handles customs clearance and guarantees payments for an estimated 70 percent of all imported shoes. On the other hand, the depreciation of the Russian ruble, combined with unseasonable weather conditions and uncertainty over the pending legislative elections have created apprehension in the market. With only two dozen exhibitors, the simultaneous Russian Shoe Week, which was held for the first time in the Crocus City Mall, attracted about 1,000 visitors. Its next session will be on Feb. 10-14, a few days before the Feb. 18-21 dates of Euro Shoes.