Despite the mild weather so far this winter, the country's fur trade is growing strongly, with a large number of Russians flying into the country to obtain pieces of clothing made of pelts. Industry sources said that every day about five chartered flights arrive in Thessaloniki from Russia loaded with fur shoppers. «The environment, social and economic conditions have contributed to the continual interest shown by Russians in the Greek fur market,» Thanassis Venetis, managing director of the Hellenic Fur Center told Kathimerini. Ex-Soviet Union countries absorb 80 percent of Greece's fur production, which reaches 350,000 items per year. Just under 50 percent of Greek-Russian commercial ties stem from the fur business.