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Colin Temple

Managing director, Schuh

“A sense of doom and gloom in the early part of 2009 resulted in footwear buyers being quite cautious with their second half commitments. This resulted in minimal discounting. A strong boot season has more than offset a poor court/heeled shoe performance resulting in a great year for many of us in the fashion footwear market. 2010 will start off well as consumers enjoy the January sales, but as Sale fatigue sets in and the Christmas bills appear, the purses and wallets will close. Retailers will find it tough till Easter, and even then it will depend on the weather. Early summer will be ok for those that have managed to cover the key fashion silhouettes. Wider economic woes will cast a shadow that will effect trading for the rest of the year.  I would be surprised if many traders match their 2009 performances in 2010.”

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