Tue, 20 Feb 2007
Six major international footwear companies increased their orders from Indonesia to a combined $51.8 million this year, from $47.8 million last year, after the European Union (EU) extended anti-dumping duties on shoes made in China and Vietnam for another five years, the Investor Daily reported.

The buyers are Nike, Fila, Adidas, Puma, Reebok and Lacoste, the newspaper quoted Ansari Bukhari, Director General of Metal, Machinery, Textile and Miscellaneous Industries at the Industry Department, as saying.

Bukhari said footwear exports are expected to reach $2 billion this year, after rising to $1.64 billion in 2006 from $1.5 billion a year earlier.

The latest trend shows improving confidence among international buyers toward Indonesia, the daily quoted him as saying.
Earlier this decade, international shoe companies trimmed their orders from Indonesia amid rising labor unrest.



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