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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 - 12.06.18
Macroeconomics The G7 Summit, the expectations around the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, new governments in Spain and Italy, elections in...
The Leather Pipeline - 29.05.18
Macroeconomics The past two weeks were once again not very exciting in terms of politics and the economy. Politics made more headlines than the financial markets. We considers the main...
The Leather Pipeline - 15.05.18
Macroeconomics The past two weeks saw little activity as far as politics or the financial markets were concerned. However, there were some important decisions which could have a deep...
The Leather Pipeline - 01.05.18
Macroeconomics In the past two weeks, politics were no longer the main driver of the public attention. It is not that anything has really changed, but it seems the main actors had to take...
The Leather Pipeline - 17.04.18
Macroeconomics International conflicts might have been taken too easily by the general public but they are slowly becoming more important. The war of words is slowly becoming a war of arms ...
The Leather Pipeline - 03.04.18
Macroeconomics Who cares about data from the financial markets anymore? The stock and currency markets have found a new guru: politics. Economists can quit their jobs because interest rate ...
The Leather Pipeline - 20.03.18
Macroeconomics At the moment all is politics and there is an endless stream of news almost every day. But no matter what happens it leaves almost no trace on the markets. Politics is...
The Leather Pipeline - 6.3.18
Macroeconomics The situation in politics and the financial markets has calmed down a little, although the general subjects remain the same. The markets slowly draw their attentions to the...
The Leather Pipeline - 20.2.18
Macroeconomics There are periods when the financial markets and the political arena are boring. This makes it difficult to collect any kind of interesting information which is exciting or...
The Leather Pipeline - 6.2.18
Macroeconomics Politics and financial markets delivered more activity and interesting news last week than in the other weeks of 2018 so far. For the leather pipeline, the biggest and...
The Leather Pipeline - 23.1.18
Macroeconomics The year 2018 has started with not very much big news. However, there is still quite a bit that the markets and businesses are talking about. The main subject, which also...
The Leather Pipeline - 9.1.18
Macroeconomics After the break for Christmas we would like to wish all our readers a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Let’s hope that you all will continue to follow our...
The Leather Pipeline - 12.12.17
Macroeconomics The global economy has had a good ride in 2017 and most pundits are convinced that the year is ending better than it began. As far as economic data and statistics are...
The Leather Pipeline - 28.11.17
Macroeconomics We are increasingly impressed by how little the financial markets are being affected by general politics. The global economy is expanding, interest rates are low and the end ...
The Leather Pipeline - 14.11.17
Macroeconomics The focus of the political spotlight shifted from the European separatism to US President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia. Some influential international publications say...
Leather Pipeline - 31.10.17
Macroeconomics The month of October is traditionally when a lot of political action takes place and this has again been the case in 2017. The past two weeks were dominated by politics....
Leather Pipeline - 17.10.17
Macroeconomics Europe has keeping a close eye on developments in Spain and Catalunya. Despite the region’s vote for independence, its status remains unclear. The financial markets...
The Leather Pipeline - 03.10.17
Macroeconomics The third quarter of the year 2017 ended last week and this means that the financial markets are beginning already to think about the end of the year and investors are...
The Leather Pipeline - 19.09.17
Macroeconomics News from economics and finance was pretty slow over the past few weeks. Those who are interested in inflation received the latest data from various countries, which showed...
The Leather Pipeline - 5.9.17
Macroeconomics Over the past two weeks, politics has been high on the agenda, and Hurricane Harvey dominated headlines. Vast parts of Texas were flooded and the storm claimed at least 60...
The Leather Pipeline - 22.8.17
Macroeconomics At the end of last week, terrorist attacks in Spain destroyed the relaxed holiday mode and dominated headlines. Visitors from many countries were among the casualties, and...
The Leather Pipeline - 08.08.17
Macroeconomics With the start of the month of August the peak holiday season in the northern hemisphere and in the Western world has finally arrived. Even though investors, brokers and...
The Leather Pipeline - 25.07.17
Macroeconomics A few issues have come to light on the financial markets that might have an influence on the leather pipeline as well as the general economy. The first was the European...
The Leather Pipeline - 11.7.17
Macroeconomics The two big topics this fortnight were the launch of an intercontinental missile by North Korea and the G20 summit in Germany. History has taught us that big egos can become ...
The Leather Pipeline - 27.06.17
Macroeconomics There was only minor activity in the world of economics and politics in the past two weeks. Unfortunately, we continue to be faced with terrorist attacks all over the world; ...
The Leather Pipeline - 13.06.17
Macroeconomics Who cares about the economy when violence, murder and terrorism cover the headlines? Well, over the past two weeks we were not short of news. Once again terrorists murdered ...
The Leather Pipeline - 30.5.17
Macroeconomics Over the past two weeks there has been much more activity with social as well as economic impact on a global scale. Unfortunately, one of the most poignant was another...
The Leather Pipeline - 16.05.17
Macroeconomics The past two weeks were once again pretty quiet as far as global activity in politics and the financial markets is concerned. Politics continues to play the dominant role in ...
The Leather Pipeline - 02.05.17
Macroeconomics The markets are mainly watching politics at the moment. The conflict around North Korea and the French elections are the main focus, in addition to the analysis of the first ...
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...

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German and US Perspectives


USUS Perspective—19.06.18
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Last week most packers continued to have a full complement of selections on offer. Despite the large offers, some were reportedly...

DEGerman Perspective - 19.06.18
What happened this week: In a short time, the first half of 2018 will be over. The end of the first half of the year is generally the beginning of the holiday season in the northern...

DEGerman Perspective – 12.06.18
What happened last week: Another week has passed and the early summer continues, not only in terms of the weather but also as far as the hide business is concerned. There are only a few...

USUS Perspective - 12.06.18
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Reports from the big packer trade last week claimed that despite two weeks of larger than expected sales, most packers came out at ...

DEGerman Perspective – 05.06.18
What happened last week: Hide business in Europe is becoming increasingly difficult. The market for heavy and quality male hides continues to drift further away from the rest. This is...

USUS Perspective – 05.06.18
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Reports from members of the big packer trade claim last week started out slowly, with the US observing its Memorial Day holiday...

DEGerman Perspective – 29.05.18
What happened last week: There is nothing changing in the market with the fundamental parameters remaining the same. Each week we listen to the same stories, we collect the same...

DEGerman Perspective - 22.05.18
What happened this week: History is repeating itself and has been for about the last two months. Success in the leather business is focused on a few isolated segments and the rest continues ...

USUS Perspective—22.05.18
Courtesy of The Maxfield Report www.themaxfieldreport.com Packers entered last week with offer lists that were well populated. There were numerous selections offered for prompt shipment,...

DEGerman Perspective – 15.05.18
What happened last week: We cannot see anything really changing in the market. The main problem is still China, in particular the north of the country, where it seems the import traders,...

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