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Number of employees in the footwear sector in Italy 2014-2019

In 2019, the Italian footwear sector counted in total 74.9 thousand employees. This figure decreased steadily since 2015, when the sector counted over 77 thousand employees. The decreasing number of employees was mostly due to the fact that many companies in the sector either closed down or moved abroad. In fact, the number of companies operating in the footwear industry sank in the last years, reaching 4.3 thousand in 2019.

Exports are king

The Italian footwear industry is highly dependent on exports. In fact, data show that in the last few years the export value of the Italian footwear sector increased steadily in the last few years, reaching a peak in 2019, when this figure was estimated to amount to over ten billion euros. In comparison, the imports of shoes to Italy amounted to just 5.4 billion euros in 2019.

EU: main destination of Italian footwear

When looking at more detailed data, it can be seen that the European Union is the main destination for the Italian footwear industry. In 2019, Italy exported 4.3 billion euros worth of footwear to the EU. Among the EU countries, France was the country that imported the most in terms of value, followed by Germany and Spain.

Number of employees in the Italian footwear industry in Italy from 2014 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2014 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The figures have been taken from several publications.
*Estimated data

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