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WASHINGTON – Latest figures show footwear and clothing are easily the most counterfeited goods, with the overall number of fake goods now representing 3.3 per cent of global trade. The figures are contained in a report by the OECD and the EU’s Intellectual Property Office. They show China and Hong Kong are the two biggest markets for fakes, representing more than 80 per cent of all trade in such goods. Of note with regards to the apparel sector is the rise in the counterfeiting of faux fur and real fur, and this blurring of the lines would explain why real fur is increasingly being found in faux fur collections, and is likely to continue to do so in future. In all, footwear makes up 22 per cent of all fake goods, while clothing represents 16 per cent.

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