The economic cost of IPR infringement in the handbags and luggage sector

The economic cost of IPR infringement in the handbags and luggage sector study looks into direct and indirect industry revenue losses and job losses due to the presence of counterfeit products, as well as their impact on public finance. The study refers only to manufacturing and so does not include wholesale and retail trade due to availability of official public data. For that reason, the absolute numbers in this report cannot be directly compared to those previously presented for cosmetics and personal care and for clothing and footwear.


Main findings:

  • 12.7% of sales lost by the sector due to counterfeiting
  • €1.6 billion of revenue lost annually by the sector
  • additional €1.6 billion of sales lost in related sectors
  • 12 100 direct jobs lost
  • 25 700 direct and indirect jobs lost
  • €516 million of government revenue lost (social contributions and taxes)


The study covers the following products:

  • Handbags and luggage
  • Saddlery and harness
  • Non-metallic watch bands
  • Leather articles: driving belts, packings, shoe-laces, etc.


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The economic cost of IPR infringement in the handbags and luggage sector

This sixth sectorial study estimates the direct and indirect industry revenue loses and job loses due to the presence of counterfeit products, as well as the wider costs to government and society.


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