By  on January 30, 2012

At Pitti Bimbo’s 74th edition this month, buyers and exhibitors were nervous about the European economy, and there was little agreement over expectations for the children’s wear sector.

One positive note came from the international set. While overall attendance took a hit — down to 10,000 from over 11,000 in June 2011 — the number of buyers increased to 8,000 from under 7,000, largely thanks to an influx of foreigners, including Russians (up 14 percent), Japanese (up 80 percent), Brazilians (up 15 percent) and Americans (up 17 percent.) There was a drop in attendance for Spanish, Greek and Portuguese buyers, and a slight dip for Italian buyers compared with the fair’s previous edition.

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