By  on March 11, 2013

MILAN — Internationalization and innovation were among the key themes at Mido, the three-day international eyewear trade show, which closed here last week.

According to data provided by Anfao, the Italian Optical Goods Manufacturers’ Association, despite the stagnation of the internal market, which in 2012 registered a 4 percent drop in sales compared to 2011, Italian exports of prescription frames and sunglasses grew 11.2 percent to 847 million euros, or $1.1 billion at current exchange, and 5 percent to 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) respectively. Exports to the U.S. increased 11.3 percent, and those to Asian countries jumped 7.1 percent.

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