Sales numbers for September from a group of surveyed sporting goods retailers in Germany seem to be inching into the positive again for the first time since March, according to a monthly survey by the country's trade magazine sport+mode. In a survey of 77 retailers, September showed a gain in sales of 4.9 percent compared to last year, although September 2001 sales were 3 percent less than a year earlier. Nevertheless, for the first nine months of 2002, overall sales are still in the negative, showing -2 percent year-to-date compared to last year when sales show +1.6 percent year-to-date.
Fitness, footwear lift spirits of German sports retailers
With weather that didn't play well to solid sales in snowsports and other sporting goods categories still suffering from the economy, fitness and footwear sales last winter have been two categories that have helped German retailers crack a faint smile. Sports segments that aren't ...read more