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Accessories: Stats & Facts

A look at what's trending in the accessories market.

$34.52 BILLION: U.S. retail sales of women’s accessories in 2012, representing a drop of 1.6 percent, despite gains from handbags and totes (4.6 percent to $7.09 billion), watches (12.3 percent to $2.32 billion) and small leather goods (15.3 percent to $1.77 billion). Although they still accounted for more than half of the classification, jewelry sales fell 7.8 percent to $17.65 billion, while sunglasses trended down 11.1 percent to $1.49 billion. The dollar decline came despite a 3.8 percent increase in unit purchases, to 1.52 billion.
Source: NPD Group

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$8.45 BILLION: Total retail sales of gold, silver and jewelry in China in the first two months of 2013, a spike of 14.3 percent, year-on-year.
Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China

• In the Hurun Report’s “China Luxury Consumer Survey 2013,” brands and categories most popular for gift-giving among wealthy Chinese — individuals with personal net worth of 10 million yuan, or $1.7 million — include: For men, Louis Vuitton and Hermès accessories came in at numbers one and three, respectively, with Apple electronics at number two. For women, Chanel apparel, accessories and perfumes came in first, followed by Louis Vuitton accessories at number two and Cartier jewelry and watches in third place.
Source: The Hurun Report’s “China Luxury Consumer Survey 2013,” released in January.

$25.31 BILLION: The export value of leather luggage and bags made in China in 2012, 5.7 percent higher than in 2011.

$1.5 BILLION: The value of imports, representing an increase of 10.6 percent over the previous year.
Source: China Leather Industry Association

•  30.4 PERCENT: The rise in the number of people who bought accessories (gloves, socks, hats and scarves) online in Italy in the last six months.
Source: Netcomm, the union of Italian electronic commerce

WEB STRENGTHS: In Italy in the last six months, within the accessories category, belts are bestsellers online, accounting for 16.6 percent of the category’s online purchases, followed by costume jewelry and scarves (12 percent), bags and gloves (6 percent) and watches, necklaces and wallets (4 percent).
Source: Netcomm, the union of Italian electronic commerce

53 EUROS ($69): The average price of accessories purchased online by Italian consumers in the last six months, making the category the cheapest online purchase made by Italian customers in the period.
Source: Netcomm, the union of Italian electronic commerce