The Federal Statistics Office of Germany has reported a year-on-year decline of 70.7 percent for April in total sales of apparel, shoes and leathergoods, due to the retail lockdowns demanded by the government help stem the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall retail sales in Germany declined by 6.5 percent for the month, while pure online sales recorded an increase of 24.2 percent. Germany’s Federal Association of Shoe Retailers (BDSE), the German textile retail federation (BTE) and the German leathergoods retail federation (BLE) have demand federal financial aid for about 80,000 of the retailers they represent, as the current situation is threatening their existence. According to all three groups, existing aid programs, such as short-time allowances and KfW loans, are insufficient. The stores, they argue, will need non-repayable grants if they are to avoid insolvency and closure in the second half of this year.