Independent shoe retailers in the USA, which account for about 20 percent of the total $40 billion market, saw their sales of athletic footwear jump by about 20 percent last year, while their sales of dress shoes for both men and women continued to decline, according to a biennial census compiled by the US National Shoe Retailers Association. The cost of doing business increased dramatically due to rising wages and occupancy costs. Customers’ use of credit cards rose by just over 10 percent to 57 percent of total store sales. The average selling price of the retailers’ inventories is $88.60 per pair, and an estimated 28 percent of it is marked exclusively in euro sizing (this Business Performance Report may be ordered through the www.nsra.org website).