From Deichmann to Ecco: here is the footwear global giants top ten ranking

Deichmann is still the king of footwear worldwide. Clarks (8thplacement) and Ecco (10th placement) are the other European groups included in the rankings, set by for the eighth year in a row. Reading it through, one can see that Payless, which placed 5thlast year, is no longer in the footwear world top ten. Likewise, Bata is out as well, just because they do not make public their financial figures though. German giant Deichmann, the biggest footwear group in the world, is still the number one in the rankings then: in 2018, their revenues amounted to 5.8 billion euros, as they succeeded in selling 178 million pairs of shoes. On top of that, they currently hire over 40,000 employees and run over 4,000 stores. The runner-up, who managed to reduce the gap, compared to last year, is Belle International (headquartered in Hong Kong), whose turnover reached 5.523 billion euros. Although the company is specialized in the manufacturing, supply and marketing of their own brands, they also run a few international licences. Third best is Skechers, the first American group in the ranking list, which can boast a record turnover: 4.1 billion euros. The other US players follow closely behind, starting from Caleres (at the end of 2018 the brand was at a loss), Wolverine Worldwide (in contrast, after a negative business trend in 2017, profits got back) and Deckers (it was for sale, yet the reorganization of the company is proving effective). Canadian Aldo Shoes, British Clarks, American Steve Madden and Danish Ecco (they are a new entry), have placed sixth to tenth in the rankings.

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