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Italy's Geox chairman says cashflow is solid

Jan 28, 2009

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Italian shoemaker Geox (GEO.MI) has a solid cash flow and no immediate need for refinancing, the company's chairman told Reuters on Wednesday.


"(The cash flow) is good," Geox Chairman Mario Moretti Polegato told Reuters on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Asked, whether the company needed to refinance, he said: "Luckily no."

Italy's Geox is best-know for its "no-sweat" shoes. The company reported a 15 percent rise in sales in November, but said that costs had hit its margins.

Moretti Polegato, who said he had come to Davos to get a feel for when the crisis may be over, said the shoe-making segment had been hit by the economic slowdown, but Geox had not felt any drastic drop in demand.

"It's obvious that the shoe-making segment... has been penalised by the crisis we are living today," he said.

"We hope this can be over soon. We continue production as normal. We have nothing new."

Moretti Polegato declined to comment on a possible dividend.

"We have not yet decided," he said.

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(Reporting by Lisa Jucca; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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