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Italy Braces Itself for Impending Post-Brexit Economic Aftershocks

19 July 2016

With the UK one of Italy's major trading partners, negatives effects are now anticipated for both countries....Read More

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Italy: Market Profile

30 June 2016

Further economic recovery is likely to continue in 2016, thanks to the consistency in ECB’s accommodative monetary policy, tax cuts and gradual recovery in the construction sector supported by the Inv...Read More

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EU Woes and Russian Sanctions Sees Euro Fashion Look to the US

17 March 2016

With the European market still reluctant to spend and trade with Russia currently off the agenda, many Italian and French designers are now increasingly looking to North American buyers to make up the...Read More

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Black economy figures set to redraw EU economic landscape

7 July 2014

From this year, official GDP figure for EU countries will include estimated figures from the shadow sector. Will this effectively rewrite the economic map of Europe or merely allow ailing states to ar...Read More

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Taxi app backlash hits disillusioned European and American markets

3 June 2014

Protests in London, Milan and Brussels focus on unfair advantage of Uber platform, with legislation already banning its use in Germany and Canada. Asian taxi app operators advised to learn from the le...Read More

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Strong rebound in German, French and US optical markets, but definite slump in overall sunglasses exports to Asia, Africa and Australia

2 April 2014

Following on from this year's Mido Optical Show in Milan, the event's organizers have issued a major update on the current state of the Italian eyewear industry. As the world's leading player, Italy's...Read More

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Colours back in style, as optical industry targets children's market

18 March 2014

It's all cyclical, say exhibitors and buyers at this year's Milan Mido event, with 1970's style again wooing consumers, while style-conscious kids are offering new opportunities and 3D printers threat...Read More

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There's place like HOMI, as exhibitors welcome rebranded Milan show

12 Feb 2014

After 50 years as Macef, Milan's leading home and lifestyle show has taken on a dramatic new lease of life as HOMI, but is the re-boot more than just a re-badging? Buyers and sellers have their say on...Read More

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Chinese credit rating agency opens in Europe

20 May 2013

Milan is chosen as first European base for Beijing-headquartered Dagong, the Chinese credit rating agency. Operations are expected to begin in June, as industry observers question strategic thinking b...Read More

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China's much toasted future
- report from Vinitaly 2013, Verona

23 April 2013

The talk of Italy's top wine fair was focused on the fast-growing Chinese mainland market, as traditional, local demand goes soft...Read More

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Seeing better business
- report from Mido 2013, Milan

9 April 2013

Hong Kong firms see an uptick in business at the Italian eyewear fair...Read More

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Houseware distribution pull to Asia

3 April 2013

European houseware brands are making a beeline for Hong Kong to develop marketing and distribution centres for the Asian region, as European markets see demand on the wane...Read More

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Gem of a jewellery market

6 March 2013

Hong Kong provides one of the few positive markets where its five-year jewellery sales average has increased, according to the UK-based World Gold Council, rating the SAR with the Chinese mainland, Ta...Read More

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Italy's fashion brands pick out Hong Kong

6 Dec 2012

The growing mid- to top-end luxury markets on the Chinese mainland and the rest of developing Asia are a magnet for a number of Italian fashion brands - and Hong Kong is a strategic launch pad for the...Read More

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Growing US, China demand for jewellery
- report from Vicenzaoro Fall 2012, Vicenza

17 Oct 2012

Rising demand for jewellery even during current turbulent economic times has seen China rise to the top of the global market, according to a study revealed at the major Italian fair. The US is now a r...Read More

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Entering a new market
- report from the Venice International Film Festival 2012

21 Sept 2012

The world's oldest film festival introduced a new market to match the opportunities offered by Cannes and Hong Kong's FILMART. But the new venue is still a work in progress, with the Asian industry on...Read More

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"Brand Italy" shaping to leverage Asia

20 July 2012

On the heels of Prada's listing in Hong Kong last year there's talk of fashion brand Versace looking for Asian investment and a possible Hong Kong listing. A Singapore-Shanghai fund meanwhile scooped ...Read More

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Italian wine flows to Asia

20 April 2012

Italian vineyards and merchants are following their growing customer base to Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, while the Vinitaly (Verona) trade fair cements a partnership with the Hong Kong Interna...Read More

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Looking both ways for sales
- report from Mido Milan 2012

30 March 2012

Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland are sourcing markets for frames and lenses. But they are now increasingly lucrative markets for European brand sales...Read More

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Home designs banish crisis blues
- report from Macef 2012, Milan

2 March 2012

Colours and designs were more arresting than ever at the Milan housewares fair as buyers weighed up the major markets globally. Many picked China for growth...Read More

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