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Clothing and footwear retail employment in the European Union 2011-2017

This statistic displays the number of employees working in specialized stores for the retail sale of clothing and the retail sale of footwear and leather goods within the European Union from 2011 to 2016. In 2016 approximately 1.65 million people were employed in retail stores specializing in clothing in the EU.

Number of employees in specialized clothing, footwear and leather goods retail stores in the European Union from 2011 to 2017

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2017

Supplementary notes

European Union (28 countries).
Data coverage is for codes G4771 and G4772 of the NACE_R2 of economic activities, which are 'retail sale of clothing in specialised stores' and 'retail sale of footwear and leather goods in specialised stores'.

The source adds further explanation: "Number of employees is defined as those persons who work for an employer and who have a contract of employment and receive compensation in the form of wages, salaries, fees, gratuities, piecework pay or remuneration in kind. A worker from an employment agency is considered to be an employee of that temporary employment agency and not of the unit (customer) in which they work."

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