The president of the European Union of Sport Retailers (FEDAS) was quoted Jan. 31 in one of the largest papers in Germany – Munich’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung – that in spite of the boom in "fun and trend" sports that Europe’s retailers haven’t had huge growth in the last year. "We are lacking in trends such as inline and skating," said Werner Haizmann, on the eve of the ispo trade show. "Ski shops haven't much growth in years, and the snowboard market has also begun to weaken in a similar way." Haizmann said he hoped that carving skis will give some hope to the industry. In the last year, the retail business in Europe grew 1.5 percent to 35 billion Euros. He also criticized adidas for decreasing its booth space from 4000 square meters to 700 square meters. "Those who come to this show only to have their name out there is potentially an enemy of the sport retail industry."
Did you hear?... Sports enthusiasts lean toward specialty, independent retailers
Despite the worries specialty retailers have about competition with big-box and mass merchants, sports and fitness enthusiasts will chose independents over sporting goods in nearly every case. A study by Leisure Trends in the spring found that the most active consumers it polls ...read more