Sales of fashion garments and accessories collapsed by 39.8% in 2020 due to the impact that the coronavirus health crisis has had on the sector, according to data from the barometer of the Business Association of the Textile, Accessories and Textile Trade Leather (Acotex). In December they fell by 32.2% (physical store plus online sales) in the middle of the Christmas campaign and the start of sales, which has allowed them to be a little better than the drop of more than 37% recorded in the October and November, so the sector warns that it remains in a ‘dramatic situation’.
The textile employer recalled that after the confinement decreed by the Government to curb the spread of coronavirus 15% of stores did not open and currently about 25% of establishments have not yet raised the shutters to see that sales of these months are a “real catastrophe.”
Acotex stressed that the fashion trade continues to fall in sales and that these do not recover only with discounts. He also points out that capacity limitations at lunches and dinners, the fact that there are almost no events or celebrations are reasons that do not encourage consumers to buy a dress or accessories.
Faced with this situation of uncertainty and with the sharp fall in sales in the sector, the textile employer continues to demand “urgent and specific measures”. “There are not enough moratoriums on taxes, fees, tributes or Social Security contributions; they need to be forgiven, ”claims Acotex, which calls for the exemption of Social Security contributions as in other sectors of the ERTOs of force majeure and the reduction of VAT to encourage consumption.
Aid to dismiss
In this way, the employer emphasizes that “we need liquidity and not more debt”, which is why it is asking the administrations for a solution for the payment of commercial rents, as the sector can not cope with these payments with the current sales levels. “It is unthinkable to keep the templates precovid with current sales, so we have to update the templates at the moment and for that we need help to be able to lay off, because otherwise companies will have to close permanently,” they said. bid from the textile employer.
On the other hand, the employers of the textile sector are not yet optimistic about the start of the official winter sales campaign, which is marked by restrictions on movement and capacity in the different autonomous communities. “We are not optimistic about the sales period and unfortunately sales in January 2021 will be much lower than in January 2020,” said Acotex.
In relation to the sales, the Catalan Government clarified that consumers retain the right to exchange and return Christmas purchases according to the terms announced by the establishment, which must offer a solution to the buyer to make them despite the restrictions. Municipal confinement and trade restrictions do not, therefore, alter the right to make changes or returns, the terms of which are not paralyzed, it should be noted.
However, in the event of the impossibility of making the change or return within the period established by the company – either because the store is located in another municipality or because the establishment remains closed – the consumer does not lose the right to make the change.