Leisure Trends Group (LTG) recently released their TOPLINE RETAIL MARKET OVERVIEW for August 2010, which showed that specialty retailers in the outdoor market are seeing positive gains with an overall average retail sales margin of 41%, the highest in three years. While unit sales were flat, the steady average margin shows that retailers were giving out fewer discounts leading to a 4% increase in average retail prices. Retailers in the outdoor market, like the action sports market, are still keeping inventories fairly lean, carrying 7% fewer inventory units than August 2009. Overall, monthly turn increased 12%. Lets hope that we see improvements like this paralleled in the action sports specialty market.
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