NORTHFIELD, VT â€” Darn Tough Vermont, American manufacturer of the only premium, performance socks with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, reports that Q1 2012 sales and profitability were the best ever in its, and parent Cabot Hosiery's, 34-year history. Q1 topline growth was up 42% versus the corresponding quarter in 2011, a year that saw revenue up 82% over 2010.
â€œWe've been aggressively expanding our distribution both nationally and internationally, redesigned our packaging, diversified our markets, invested in our infrastructure here at the Vermont mill and made strategic changes to our sales team in 2011,â€ said Ric Cabot, founder and president of Darn Tough Vermont. â€œWe reinvested heavily in our company in 2011, and the results bear out our strategy. We are on track to close out 2012 with exceptional performance on both the top and bottom lines, facilitating the implementation of a number of important strategies that we have in the works for 2013.â€
A lackluster winter season across most of the country, especially in the Northeast, made it a tough quarter for winter apparel sales. The most recent RetailTRAKâ„¢ numbers for February 2012, released April 10, 2012 by Snowsports Industries America (SIA) and The Leisure Trends Group, showed that overall snow sports retail sales were down 12 percent in units sold. Accessories sales suffered the most, but apparel sales, which includes socks, were only down two percent and were flat in dollars sold. Despite this trend, Darn Tough Vermont managed to grow sales significantly.
â€œMaking every pair of socks in-house not only affords us with the utmost quality control, but it makes us nimble. We can adjust our inline manufacturing processes in real time. That's a tactic you don't have when someone is making your socks for you, inside or outside of the U.S.â€ said Cabot.
For more information about Darn Tough Vermont socks, please visit http://www.darntough.com.
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About Darn Tough Vermont
Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor socks with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont, offering both Specialty and Tactical product lines. Darn Tough Vermont's Specialty line offers footwear in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid's styles â€“ all of which carry the industry's only unconditional lifetime guarantee. Darn Tough's product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; small-needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; True-Seamlessâ„¢ technology; and an exclusive blend of either CoolmaxÂ® or ultra-fine merino wool for comfort, fit, durability and moisture management. The company was founded by Ric Cabot in 2004, a third-generation sock maker, and operates out of Cabot Hosiery Mills. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com.