German shoe retailers suffered a 2.4 percent drop in their sales in 2016, according to the European Clearing Center (Erix), which gets data from shoe retailers that operate 4,724 stores in the country. Last year's decline came after a small increase of 1.5 percent in 2014, followed by a drop of 1.5 percent in 2015. The figures are not very different from those compiled by the German Retail Research Institute (IFH), whose most recently available data show a decline of around 2 percent in volume and 3 percent in value for the first 11 months of 2016, despite strong increases of 8 percent in volume and 9 percent in value in November alone, thanks probably to the onset of cold weather. According to Erix, the year-end sell-out rate went down to 66.43 percent in December from 64.45 percent a year earlier, but the average price of the shoes sold in the course of the year went up to €62.99 from €61.77.