A black Mary Jane school shoe was this footwear retailer’s top seller in Europe in 2018, while a woman’s flip-flop proved most popular in the Americas, where the company makes more than 40% of its sales. The Somerset business traces its roots to 1825 when Cyrus and James Clark first made a slipper from sheepskin offcuts. It is still majority owned by the Clark family, but no longer manufactures in the UK. Giorgio Presca, 55, took over as chief executive in March.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank36
CompanyClarks
ActivityShoe maker, retailer and wholesaler
LocationSomerset
Sales £m†1,511
Profit £m†72
Year endFeb 18
Principal shareholdersClark family (84%), employees and institutions (16%)
Staff13,897
Founded1825
Websitewww.clarks.co.uk

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