Footwear UK report good results

23 February 2004

Coming off the back of a reported slow autumn/winter season, organisers of Footwear UK say they were pleased with attendance levels at their recent show. ABC audited figures reveal more than a 15% increase in visitor registrations on the equivalent season's show in February 2003, even discounting crossover from the neighbouring MODA shows which are not included in the final Footwear tally. 'And we were sold out on space. That's very positive for the future of trade in the shoe business', said David Wilkins, show director. 'We had a cracking show" said Derek Wilson of The West Midland Shoe Company, 'especially on the Capollini side. We were still writing orders when the show closed at six o'clock on the Sunday.' Surfing brand Reef said they were 'really chuffed with how it went', with some strong new accounts opened. 'This was our first time at Footwear UK. We set out to meet new people outside the boardsports specialists and we were received really well by the buyers - in the end that's what its all about!. Also showing for the first time, prestige designer brand Ralph Lauren enjoyed a fruitful three days with the shoe trade launch of the Polo Kid's collections. Participation in the children's sector was high with over 85 brands represented and with a number of new infant specialists like Hippy Chick and Baby Bed & Bath pitching into an expanding niche market. The next Footwear UK will take place at the Birmingham NEC from August 8-10, 2004. All enquiries to Clint Henderson at DEW Events Limited on +44 1707 648330. Ends

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