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During the winter sales in Brest, January 10, 2024.

There was the shock of the judicial liquidation of Camaïeu and its 2,600 jobs misplaced, on the finish of 2022. The finish of San Marina, in February 2023, 680 workers made redundant. The restoration of Kookaï, which misplaced 150 of its 220 workers, on the finish of 2023. Then, in January, the sale of Minelli to an SME, on the expense of 392 positions.

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These are “at least 4,000” jobs that can disappear within the clothes and footwear commerce in 2023, in response to the Commerce Alliance. And a complete of 37,000 deletions in ten years. With a sudden acceleration in failures during the last two years: 1,130 vogue distributors have positioned themselves underneath the safety of collective proceedings in 2023, i.e. 51.3% greater than in 2022, in response to the agency's depend. Altares. And the bloodbath shouldn’t be over.

THE February 14th, the Bordeaux industrial courtroom should look at a plan to safeguard the Galeries Lafayette shops operated as franchises in twenty-two cities in France by the Hermione Retail firm of Bordeaux businessman Michel Ohayon. It has been scrambling with its collectors for months to wipe out 70% of its 154 million euros in debt. Nearly 800 workers are affected. The 732 workers of Chaussexpo worry March 15, the deadline to use for the takeover of a number of of the 180 shops of their chain, in liquidation.

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Gloomy financial state of affairs

These manufacturers should all adapt to a depressing financial state of affairs. Last yr, the clothes market misplaced 3.5% in turnover, in response to Retail Int., a panel established from the gross sales of round sixty clothes and shoe manufacturers. But neither this database, nor that of the Economic Observatory of the French Fashion Institute (IFM), aggregates the figures for the at the moment most trendy chains, together with the 110 Zara or the 29 Primark operated in France. . “It’s a bias”agrees Emmanuel de Courcel, director of Retail Int.

However, the Commerce Alliance maintains that the market has misplaced 9% since 2019. And “nothing suggests that the market will return to health any time soon”, in response to its common delegate, Johann Petiot. Because, regardless of a decline, inflation continues to be current. The worth of electrical energy is rising. According to Crédoc, already, 42% of French individuals say they’re obliged to limit their clothes spending.

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Obviously, the 180,000 individuals within the sector are paying at present for irrational growth mass-market chains, all through France and in its 800 purchasing facilities for the reason that Eighties and Nineties. Because “ the personal equipment market has never increased in volume during this period”, underlines Pascal Madry, common director of the Institute for town and commerce. Only progress has been made the variety of factors of sale, the manufacturers being financed by debt”, he observes. Thus, underlines the Commerce Alliance, “between 2007 and 2013, the retail workforce continued to increase (+8%) while household consumption fell by 9%”.

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