Because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, French footwear production fell by 31.0 percent year-on-year in the first eight months of 2020, with revenues of shoe manufacturers down by 23.5 percent, according to the French National Leather Council (Conseil National du Cuir).

Shoe exports, excluding slippers, fell by 17.0 percent to €2,599 million and imports slumped by 16.0 percent to €4,578 million. Meanwhile, exports of slippers dropped by 12.0 percent to €19.0 million and imports decreased by 15.0 percent to €77.9 million.

For footwear retailers, sales volumes were down by 20.1 percent between January and August, with comparable store sales down by 22.0 percent and the average price down by 1.8 percent.

The association noted that there was a slight recovery in demand with the end of the Covid-19 related lockdown. It also pointed out that consumers are focusing on essential goods, such as children’s shoes, and reducing pleasure purchases.