The economic data concerning the first six months of the year is unavoidably negative, with a drop in exports equal to -30.6% in value (only 4.55 billion euros registered compared to the 6.55 billion of January-June 2019) for leather goods and tanned leathers (grouped together under the Ateco CB151 category). There is a nearly identical negative trend, in terms of negative percentages, for both leather goods (which accounts for over 70% of the overall total) and tanned leathers. The inactivity during the months of March and April – resulting from the restrictive measures adopted in Italy – and the generalised slowdown in global demand following the pandemic, strongly influenced sales in both sectors. A double-digit drop was recorded by all of the main export regions. Among the top 5, in order of importance, are Tuscany, Veneto, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Marches, which together accounted for 93.7% of total exports during this six-month period. Out of these regions, only Veneto managed to “limit” the downtrend and maintain it under -20% (at -18.9%). Alleviating the drop-off, was the considerable increase in exports destined for Switzerland, on the rise by +56.5% compared to the first 6 months of 2019 (from 208.7 to 327 million euros). Without the numbers of the Swiss confederation, the drop in exports would have been even worse (-31.3%) even for Veneto. With regards to the other main regions, Tuscany experienced a loss of -38% compared to the first six months of 2019, with a -40.6% downtrend for Florence (which despite this loss, remains at the top of the provincial classification, accounting for an estimated 30% of the national total), and -32% for Pisa, while Pistoia, instead, is on the road to recovery (+18.6%) after its negative results in 2019. Among the main export destinations for Tuscany, standing out is the significant drop-off in exports to Switzerland (almost cut in half to -51.3%); with negative results in the USA (-37.8%) and also in Germany (-28.2%); while slightly better results were registered in France (only -11.3%). To the contrary exports to the United Kingdom grew by +5.4%. A clearly marked downward trend, similar to the one in Tuscany, characterises the exports of the Marches district (-38.6%): with an especially negative trend in Fermo (-35.4%), Ascoli Piceno (-36.2%) and above all Macerata (-47%). Lombardy and Emilia Romagna have instead experienced a -27% drop in exports. For the former (-27.7%, with Milan at -30.3% and Brescia at -29%), the loss was set off by the positive performance achieved in the South Korean market, which rose by +5.3%. The latter instead experienced generalised drop-offs in its first 5 markets by all of its provinces (with Piacenza and Bologna, which are fifth and sixth in the classification nationally, dropping by -12% and -37.4% respectively). Among the territories outside of the “top 5 regions”, in Campania (-23,9% altogether), there was a moderate drop for Naples (-4.6%), while in Abruzzo Teramo a significant decrease of -38.5% was registered. Instead, with regards to imports, the CB151 category during the first 6 months of the year recorded a significant downtrend in value equal to -25.7%.