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Italy: Market Profile

26 Jan 2018

The firming domestic demand and the stronger global economy will continue to underpin the growth of the Italian economy. In the face of a bullish euro outlook, decelerating public spending and uncerta...Read More


A Crafty Look at Vinitaly's Lesser-Known Beer-bearing Expo Stands

26 Sept 2017

Although rightly famed as an unparalleled showcase for the world's leading wines, this year's Vinitaly also gave a nook or two over to craft beers, with this bespoke-brewing sector proving to be one o...Read More


The EU: Surviving Populism, Tackling Income Inequality

17 Aug 2017

While populist calls for protectionist policies, largely inspired by perceived income inequality and a misunderstanding of the potential benefits of globalisation, have become an issue across the worl...Read More


Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More


Brand Tie-ups and Outré Frame Materials Prove Eye-openers at MIDO

25 May 2017

Although the pressure is still on to provide higher-spec spectacles at lower prices, eyewear manufacturers are confident enough to experiment with innovative new materials, while continuing to seek lu...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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