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A gloomy year for optical professionals

2021-03-04T18:49:22.749Z

While the “100% health” remedy is below the government's expectations, professionals are worried. Cold snap on the optics. Opticians' sales fell 11% last year to 5.9 billion euros, according to GfK. Lens manufacturers have seen their activity fall by 5%, those of glasses by 25%, according to the Gifo survey, which brings together manufacturers in the sector. It is difficult to distinguish the impact of the health crisis from that of the “100% health” reform. The two-month store closures and th



Cold snap on the optics.

Opticians' sales fell 11% last year to 5.9 billion euros, according to GfK.

Lens manufacturers have seen their activity fall by 5%, those of glasses by 25%, according to the Gifo survey, which brings together manufacturers in the sector.

It is difficult to distinguish the impact of the health crisis from that of the “100% health” reform.

The two-month store closures and the drop in medical consultations weighed heavily.

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“This represented 2.5 million prescriptions less for the sector,”

explains André Balbi, head of the ROF, the main union of opticians.

Admittedly, the catch-up effect began in May for opticians and glassmakers, the French needing to renew their glasses.

Less for eyewear manufacturers who had to wait until early 2021 to see a recovery.

"Opticians lived on their stocks in the second half of the year, they waited until January 2021 to order again",

explains Laure-Anne.

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Source: lefigaro

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