The Portuguese shoes are the only one to grow in Europe. According to data from Eurostat, in 2007, the production of footwear in Portugal increased 4.5%, which is now in 74.9 million pairs.
The Footwear production in the EU (to 25), decrease 2.5% to 573,3 million pairs. The largest decline occurred in Spain. Indeed, in 2007, the Spanish industry produced 109 million pairs of footwear, 7.5% less than in the previous year.
Also Italy continues to take itself as the main producer of footwear in the Old Continent, even though in 2007 has been registered a slight retreat (of 0.4%) to 243 millions of pairs.
The production of footwear in France, in turn, backed 5% to 36.7 million pairs and in the rest of Europe, where it includes Romania (one of the main European producer), there is a retreat of 5.2% to 107,4 million pairs.
Exports also grow in 2007
The good performance of the Portuguese footwear (data from INE / APICCAPS) in 2007 is also visible concerning the exports. For the first time in 2007, also exports exceeded the barrier of 90% of its production.