CBS 2/KCAL Los Angeles
Virtually all levels of the fur trade around the world had cause for celebration in 2005, a year in which advancing skin levels produced a healthy income for most farmers and higher price tags were accepted by consumers. It was the second consecutive such year — a rarity in the past two decades — and augured well for the coming year. Retail sales, which faltered occasionally because of inconsistent weather conditions, nevertheless were on the positive side for most of the year, while the skin markets were stoked mainly by the still-growing appetites of China and Russia. Although furs were prominent in the fashion picture, December’s seasonably cold temperatures provided much of the impetus for a strong windup.
KGO San Francisco, ABC
Lincoln Journal Star
Scott Bauer - The Associated Press
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November turned out to be a mixed bag for North American fur retailers: slightly ahead for some, a bit off for others, but generally short of what most had anticipated. Considering that November traditionally has been the kickoff for the season and one of their four biggest selling months, some were calling the results a disappointment — especially in view of fur’s current high profile in the fashion world. While inconsistent weather conditions were most often blamed for the month’s less-than-steady flow of traffic through the stores, furriers also noted that other retailers in their areas — including jewelry, furniture and non-fur outerwear — were experiencing similar difficulties.
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