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The Leather Pipeline is our exclusive in-depth look at all the factors affecting the industry, including macroeconomic conditions and market intelligence, published every two weeks. Hide and leather trading reports from the US and Germany are updated every week. Leatherbiz Weekly combines the two in digital format plus a week’s worth of news from leatherbiz. Market information is available to leatherbiz subscribers.

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The Leather Pipeline - 18.04.17
Macroeconomics The main focus in the world of business and politics continues to be on security and stability. The last two weeks have shown to the world once again that tensions are...
The Leather Pipeline - 04.04.17
Macroeconomics Financial markets and political activity have been reasonably quiet over the past two weeks. The UK has signed the Brexit papers and is slowly beginning discussions over...
The Leather Pipeline - 21.03.17
Macroeconomics Elections in Europe are dominating the political landscape. There were worries that the right-wing populist party, Party for Freedom (PVV), with anti-Islam and anti-European ...
The Leather Pipeline - 07.03.17
Macroeconomics The world of politics is pretty exciting at the moment; a lot is happening on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, things have already changed and it seems that in many...
The Leather Pipeline - 21.02.17
Macroeconomics Politics remains the dominant factor on the financial markets. The news media must be extremely happy with the new administration in the US because there is now an endless...
The Leather Pipeline - 07.02.17
Macroeconomics In the past two weeks there was plenty of news on the financial markets, but everything was totally overshadowed by the first two weeks in office of the new US president. It ...
The Leather Pipeline - 24.01.17
Macroeconomics The world of economics and business is beginning to return to the normal routine after the start of the new year. One has the gut feeling that the start of 2017 is different ...
The Leather Pipeline - 10.01.17
Macroeconomics Since mid-December most of the world has been in holiday mode; unfortunately this does not mean that the world is calm and peaceful. Various terrorist attacks in Europe and...
The Leather Pipeline - 13.12.16
Macroeconomics We still remember the time during the summer when the political and financial world had very little to offer in terms of information and entertainment. Well, one can’t ...
The Leather Pipeline - 29.11.16
Macroeconomics The financial markets are not dominating the headlines at the moment. It is still politics that are holding the media’s and public’s attention. The...
The Leather Pipeline - 15.11.16
Macroeconomics The world has changed in the past week; one does not have to look very far for the headlines and the interesting subjects in politics and the economic and financial markets. ...
The Leather Pipeline - 01.11.16
Macroeconomics The financial market is not very exciting at the moment. Almost all stock markets and commodity prices are range-trading and no major moves can be seen. Investors’...
The Leather Pipeline - 18.10.16
Macroeconomics The financial markets are presently not the centre of interest. It’s all about when and if the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates. But apart from these...
US Perspective—04.10.16
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Reports from the big packer trade are calling last week a decent week of sales for packers. Sources claim the week started with...
The Leather Pipeline - 04.10.16
Macroeconomics September in general was relatively slow but the global economy and political activity are slowly regaining speed. The biggest concern at the moment is a growing tension...
The Leather Pipeline - 20.09.16
Macroeconomics During the past two weeks the situation in the financial markets and in politics delivered no really exciting news. Hillary Clinton had to take a few days off in her...
The Leather Pipeline - 06.09.16
Macroeconomics There was no big news from the financial market; it was as though the big players had extended their holidays. Most of the focus continues to be on the interest rate policy ...
The Leather Pipeline - 23.08.16
Macroeconomics We are still in the peak holiday period and until September one cannot really expect any major activity in the financial markets. With the lack of investors around stock...
The Leather Pipeline - 09.08.16
Macroeconomics It is the time of the year when it makes sense in one sense to write publications like ours because people have extra time to read them, but on the other hand it makes less...
The Leather Pipeline - 26.07.16
Macroeconomics Normally we should be in the low season as far as activity in politics and economics are concerned. We are right in the vacation period in from this week onwards and most of ...
The Leather Pipeline - 12.07.16
Macroeconomics Slowly the first consequences of Brexit (if the UK is really going to leave the European Union) are beginning to develop. Politicians who promoted Brexit have resigned and, ...
The Leather Pipeline - 28.06.16
Macroeconomics The all dominating issue in the past two weeks was a UK referendum about leaving or staying in the European Union (EU). Last Thursday was the day and what happened was...
The Leather Pipeline - 14.06.16
Macroeconomics Slowly political decisions and situations are beginning to take over the headlines and are creating most of the influence on the financial markets. We have the presidential ...
The Leather Pipeline - 31.05.16
Macroeconomics We are heading towards several major decisions that could lead us to quite a bit of turbulence in the markets. We have to deal with the decision of the US Federal Reserve in ...
The Leather Pipeline - 17.05.16
Macroeconomics In the past two weeks the global economy hasn’t done any better. The Greek crisis is beginning to make the headlines again and we are starting out from where we...
The Leather Pipeline - 03.05.16
Macroeconomics It’s difficult to say what is really the trigger, but it seems the financial world is preparing for something new. The oil price continues to rise, the US dollar...
The Leather Pipeline - 19.04.16
Macroeconomics The past two weeks have been pretty uneventful. The financial community has no big story to focus on and this means that the movements on the markets remain within narrow...
The Leather Pipeline - 05.04.16
Macroeconomics The financial markets have remained reasonably quiet over the past two weeks. The Federal Reserve in the US has clearly indicated that quick rises of interest rates there...
The Leather Pipeline - 22.3.16
Macroeconomics There has been a lot of political and economic news over the past two weeks, but it has not had much influence on stock markets. The US presidential elections campaigns, the ...
The Leather Pipeline - 08.03.16
Macroeconomics The financial markets are not too active at the moment. The main focus is on politics. In Europe the potential exit of the UK from the European Union and the refugee policy...
The Leather Pipeline - 23.2.16
Macroeconomics There are times in this section when one has to sweep the last corner of the newsroom to find something interesting to report, however, there is no shortage this issue. The ...
The Leather Pipeline - 9.2.16
Macroeconomics News from the financial markets has been fairly negative over the past two weeks. An increasing number of forecasts have been revised downwards and the global economy is...
The Leather Pipeline - 26.01.16
Macroeconomics In the past two weeks the financial world has had to digest a lot of negative information. However, there might be also be also something positive in the mix. In the...
The Leather Pipeline - 12.1.16
Macroeconomics It is time to welcome our readers back and to wish them a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year with favourable and successful handling of the challenges the leather...
Leather Pipeline - 15.12.15
Macroeconomics The financial markets have been fairly quiet over the past fortnight. Much of the attention was on the COP21 climate conference in Paris, where an agreement was reached to...
The Leather Pipeline - 01.12.15
Macroeconomics The world is in a difficult situation. The terrorist attack in Paris on November 13 has reminded us again that we are far away from a peaceful and respectful life. The last...
The Leather Pipeline - 17.11.15
Macroeconomics There has been nothing more important than the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday. Anyone who needed more proof for the disgusting and cynical positions of the IS...
The Leather Pipeline - 03.11.15
Macroeconomics Depending on where you live and which media channel you use, the headlines in the past weeks have varied greatly. In Europe the news is dominated by the refugee problem, a...
The Leather Pipeline - 20.10.15
Macroeconomics There are many political and financial issues affecting the markets. In Europe, much of the interest is focused on the refugee problem and how the European Union is going to...
The Leather Pipeline - 06.10.15
Macroeconomics In the last issue of Market Intelligence the world was mainly dealing with refugees in Europe but in the past two weeks the world has had a new toy to play with. Volkswagen, ...
US Perspective—29.09.15
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Reports of trading last week appear mixed. Some sources report seeing only a limited amount of interest with the majority of bids...
The Leather Pipeline - 22.9.15
Macroeconomics In terms of politics and economics, the world has been quite interesting the past two weeks. Several emerging markets are facing a serious downturn in their economies and the ...
The Leather Pipeline - 08.09.15
Macroeconomics Anyone who needed a bit of entertainment on the financial markets after the very quiet summer months has been richly rewarded in the past two weeks. The last issue of the...
The Leather Pipeline - 25.8.15
Macroeconomics The holiday period in the northern hemisphere is now coming to an end and most people are back at their desks. The financial markets have also taken a break and investors...
The Leather Pipeline - 11.8.15
Macroeconomics It is summer, and this is the time business people sit back and evaluate their companies when they are not caught up in the daily challenges, meetings and budget planning. It ...
The Leather Pipeline - 28.07.15
Macroeconomics There has been a lot of news on political and financial fronts in the last two weeks. The most important was possibly the last-minute agreement between Greece and the EU....
The Leather Pipeline - 14.7.15
Market Intelligence While the financial markets are keeping us busy, the same cannot be said about the leather pipeline. It will eventually be influenced by the markets, but the hide and...
The Leather Pipeline - 30.06.15
Macroeconomics The situation in Greece has been dominating the headlines for a long time now. Considering the strained conditions between Russia and the West in relation to the Ukraine...
The Leather Pipeline - 16.06.15
Macroeconomics Grexit, Grexit, Grexit! There are different positions on the debate about Greece and the Euro Zone, but something that should also be considered is how much time European...
Market Intelligence - 2.6.15
Macroeconomics The financial markets have been pretty quiet. The public has been much busier considering the FIFA corruption scandal and the possible consequences for the football World...
The Leather Pipeline - 19.05.15
Macroeconomics The past two weeks have been a good example of the financial markets just picking what suits them rather than following rational facts and figures. In a different market...
The Leather Pipeline - 5.5.15
Macroeconomics The winds have felt like they have been changing for several weeks, but there had been no official statements. People were uncertain about the rebound of the euro, oil prices ...
The Leather Pipeline - 21.04.15
Macroeconomics Politics and the general economy generated no important headlines again. None of the general conflicts has been resolved but the financial markets appear unwilling to...
The Leather Pipeline - 7.4.15
Macroeconomics The financial markets have been pretty stagnant in the past two weeks. Stock markets, the currency market and the commodity markets moved sideways and most players are trying ...
The Leather Pipeline - 24.03.15
Macroeconomics The financial markets are offering little excitement. Everything seems to be known and acknowledged by the financial markets and investors do not seem to have paid too much...
German Perspective - 17.3.15
What happened this week: Who cares about the hide market when the currency market is so much more entertaining? European exporters are welcoming the steadily rising US dollar, which is...
The Leather Pipeline - 10.3.15
Macroeconomics Over the past two weeks, the world was in the grip of the issues we have been dealing with for some time, added to by the murder of the Russian opposition leader, which...
The David Peters column: Frozen
The tradition of winter has arrived with a vengeance covering the east coast of the US with record snow falls and low temperatures. With the great lakes being ice-covered, shipments are...
The Leather Pipeline - 24.02.15
Macroeconomics In the past two weeks the world has been in the tight grip of political issues once more. The situation in the Ukraine is not improving at all and whatever negotiations are...
David Peters: Automotive provides the good news
A belated welcome to the new year. Ever since tanners discovered a use for hides, producers and buyers alike have wanted to predict the future in terms of price and supply of this animal...
The Leather Pipeline - 10.2.15
Macroeconomics The past two weeks have been a little bit quieter than the previous ones but still exciting enough to keep everyone glued to the headlines. From a European perspective, one...
The Leather Pipeline - 27.01.15
Macroeconomics Sometimes it is really difficult to fill this section, but with everything that has happened in the last two weeks we could almost have filled books. It all began with the...
The Leather Pipeline - 13.1.14
Macroeconomics First of all, we would like to wish all our readers a very happy, healthy, prosperous and, in these times, peaceful New Year! We will try in 2015 to serve you with insider...
The Leather Pipeline - 23.12.14
Macroeconomics The final weeks of 2014 turned out to be pretty hectic on the financial markets. Normally the final weeks of a calendar year are rather quiet because investors want not to...
The Leather Pipeline - 09.12.14
Macroeconomics We are heading quickly towards Christmas and the end of the year but the financial markets have delivered quite a number of interesting pieces of news. Most commodities...
The Leather Pipeline - 25.11.14
Macroeconomics The financial markets have not been very active over the past fortnight. The G20 summit in Brisbane was probably the most important event and showed that the crisis in the...
The Leather Pipeline - 11.11.14
Macroeconomics The financial markets remain in roller-coaster mode, with a steep decline followed by a sharp rebound. In Tokyo new records, at least for the last several years, have even...
The Leather Pipeline - 28.10.14
Macroeconomics The global economy took a breather last week after the sharp correction of the asset markets and a rebound – at least prices were settling. However, one really...
The Leather Pipeline - 14.10.14
Macroeconomics The summer of 2014 was pretty quiet as far as financial news was concerned. One could feel there was something in the air, but nothing really happened. With the end of the...
The Leather Pipeline - 30.09.14
Macroeconomics The world of business is still totally in the grip of the tensions between Russia and the West and the conflict in the Middle East where the US and several other countries...
The Leather Pipeline - 16.09.14
Macroeconomics The financial markets remain in the tight grip of tensions between East and West, reflected by the Ukraine crisis. It remains a series of ups and downs and it is hard to...
The Leather Pipeline: 2.9.14
Macroeconomics The holiday season is coming to an end and by next week almost everyone will be back at their desks. The US is the only economy producing more positive than negative news and ...
The Leather Pipeline - 19.08.14
Macroeconomics We are in the peak holiday season and normally activity and news from the markets are reduced and all activities are postponed until the return of the main players at the...
The Leather Pipeline - 5.8.14
Macroeconomics Most of the summer action in the financial markets has been related to the Ukraine conflict or to speculation over whether it is time for the US’s Federal Reserve (Fed) ...
The Leather Pipeline - 22.07.14
Macroeconomics The financial markets are beginning to wind down and the holidays in the northern hemisphere now seem more and more concentrated into a smaller timeframe from the end of...
The Leather Pipeline - 8.7.14
Macroeconomics Most of the Western world has begun to pack up for the summer holidays and many are in the final round of preparations before they take a rest. This is the feeling one also...
The Leather Pipeline - 24.06.14
Macroeconomics Football has taken over and many in Asia and Europe have short nights these days because of kick-off times. So far we have seen plenty and good matches with some teams...
The Leather Pipeline – 10.6.14
Macroeconomics All eyes were on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decisions regarding interest rates last Thursday. As expected, the ECB lowered the key rate by 0.1% to 0.15%, but...
The Leather Pipeline - 27.05.14
Macroeconomics The world continues to deal more with political issues and tensions than with the standard data: the Ukraine crisis, riots in Vietnam, Boko Haram blasting innocent people in ...
The Leather Pipeline - 13.5.14
Macroeconomics The financial community watched with interest the meeting of the European Central Bank last week, waiting for decisions regarding interest rates. Despite the low inflation...

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German and US Perspectives


DEGerman Perspective - 25.04.17
What happened this week: In many parts of the world the past two weeks were interrupted by the Easter break. Many in Europe took the opportunity for a short holiday; production was still...

USUS Perspective - 25.04.17
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Last week in the big packer trade, packers appeared to begrudgingly resign themselves to the fact that if they were going to trade ...

USUS Perspective —18.04.17
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com The consensus in the big packer trade is that last week was an uneventful one. Sources report that the number of bids fell well...

DEGerman Perspective - 11.04.17
What happened this week: As usual, the period around the APLF exhibition in Hong Kong was somewhat of a break for the market. The gathering of the trade at the event is needed to understand ...

USUS Perspective - 11.04.17
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Last week in the big packer trade, most of the packers that published offer lists lowered their price ideas by a couple of dollars ...

DEGerman Perspective - 04.04.17
What happened this week: APLF 2017 has drawn its curtains. Most people were quite satisfied with the show and it seems that it has found the right size for the number of people who think it ...

USUS Perspective—04.04.17
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Last week in the big packer trade, members received quite a jolt mid-week when one of the big packers opted to sell HTS at lower...

DEGerman Perspective - 28.03.17
What happened this week: We have an unusual situation in that prices have already undergone certain adjustments prior to the APLF fair in Hong Kong this week. This normally only happens a...

USUS Perspective—28.03.17
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Last week in the big packer trade, as expected, offers were limited due to a number of packers who were busy travelling Asia...

USUS Perspective—21.03.17
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Last week in the big packer trade, we saw packers make their best effort to hold prices in line with the past few weeks, opting to ...

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