The leather sections of the APLF and Lineapelle fairs last month were quieter than last year, reflecting in part the soft conditions of the world leather market. On the other hand, Pittards says its stands were noticeably busier than the average, indicating good reception of its new ranges. Its orders are up and the company is now predicting a return to profits for the second quarter, after a reduced loss in the first one. Last year, Pittards made a pre-tax loss of £5.5 million (€8.0m-$10.3m) on sales of £73.2 million (€107.0m-$137.1m), after exceptional charges of £2.5 million (€3.7m-$4.7m) for discontinued operations. The shoe and leathrgoods division suffered drops of 11 percent in revenues and 22 percent in volume.