Despite the economic recovery, the industry is not forecast to show signs of consistent improvement over the next five years. This is due to retailers' increasing price-setting powers pushing footwear wholesalers out of the industry. Furthermore, an increase in cheap imports will cut into domestic sales and wholesalers will be forced to slash prices and wages just to stay competitive, causing profit to suffer.
Operators in this industry wholesale footwear (including athletic shoes) made of leather, rubber and other materials. Businesses in this industry purchase shoes from manufacturers, and resell them to retailers with minimal or no further development or processing. Most wholesalers in this industry undertake sales and administrative activities, such as establishing relationships with manufacturers and retailers.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.