After the cautious recovery at the beginning of the year, halted by more than two months of lockdown, leather goods are also having to deal with new data of the sector, which are in line with those of other neighbouring sectors such as footwear and fashion textiles.
Combining data from the latest Confindustria Moda survey with on-the-spot surveys of its members, Assopellettieri records that leather goods companies suffered an average drastic decrease in turnover of 37%, with orders reduced by an average of about 45%. The negative picture is completed by the ISTAT index of industrial production for leather goods, which recorded a sharp decrease in March (approximately -57% on the March 2019 figure).
Franco Gabbrielli, President of Assopellettieri had this to say about the update of the sector data: “We had prepared ourselves for some 'difficult' numbers and here they are. The key now is not to look back to the past but to get back on track immediately to make up for lost ground. At this moment, what worries us is certainly not the ability of our companies to react: we are leather workers, we have a thick skin, sweat and sacrifices have never stopped us, but the Government must play a fundamental role to put us in a position where we can start again. We need structural intervention, we need the liquidity that has been so much promised but that so very few companies have seen: the procedures and times to obtain it must be simplified, stronger fiscal measures are essential, as is a concrete support for exports which represents 85% of our companies’ turnover.”