Italian direct selling association AVEDISCO has announced that its member companies have generated more than 418 million Euros in sales in the first nine months of 2015. This shows a growth of 16.17% from the same period last year.
AVEDISCO believes that its members have contributed significantly towards combating the economic crisis by providing 151,265 individuals during this period with opportunities to become self-employed by becoming sales representatives of consumer products and services.
The ‘Clothing and Textiles’ segment recorded the most substantial growth compared to all other sectors with an increase of almost 30%, followed by Food – Nutritional that reached sales of 309 million euro, an increase of nearly 20% from the previous year. ‘Services’ and ‘Home and Durable Goods’ improved by more than 16% and 11% respectively. The positive trend continued in the Cosmetics and Fashion Accessories segment with more than 10% growth.
In a statement AVEDISCO states that it is winning the challenge against unemployment with over 151,000 new distributors enrolled across the country, which is an increase of 4% from 2014.
“Member companies of the association offer young people a great opportunity to become entrepreneurs. They learn important qualities of professionalism that underpin our business and guide the people in charge of our member companies. Our goal is to continually improve the standards of our offer with safe products and services through ethical and qualified methods,” said John Pauline, President AVEDISCO.
Established in 1969 AVEDISCO is the first association in Italy for companies involved in direct sales and at home distribution of their products and services. Internationally AVEDISCO is associated with Seldia (European Association of Direct Sales) and WFDSA (World Federation of Direct Selling Associations).