Question: What was the story of the year?
Answer: The U.S. economy
According to 34 percent of respondents to FN’s Readers’ Choice poll, the economy was the most important topic during 2010. Throughout the year, execs watched headlines as major indicators such as unemployment and the Consumer Confidence Index gradually improved, prompting cautious optimism throughout the industry. And indeed, most public footwear firms registered significant earnings bumps during the year, aided both by favorable annual comparisons and steady comp-store increases.
But there was plenty more to talk about this year. To find out what mattered with business, fashion trends and celebs, check out these stories below: