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Attendance flat but orders up at GDS

German footwear show GDS reported flat attendance on last year’s event but said order writing had been boosted by a better than expected start to autumn sales.

The Düsseldorf trade show, which took place on September 10-12 alongside sourcing event Global Shoes, recorded 28,600 visitors from 79 countries.
GDS said UK attendance was up as were visitor numbers from Scandinavia, the Benelux countries and the Baltic, but did not disclose specific figures. One in two visitors were international.

It added that attendees from larger-scale retailers, defined as those with annual sales of more than €5m (£4.15m), had risen 5%.

Exhibitors said while retailers were cautious, orders outstripped expectations and that retailers had attended GDS in search of stock as well as to view spring 11 trends.

Show director Kirstin Deutelmoser said: “The economic mood is considerably better than even just one year ago.”

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