Leisure Trends Group August 2010 Topline Retail Sales Tracking Reports Show Positive Results

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. For more information, please visit...

Leisure Trends Group Reports March 2010 Snow Sports Retail Sales Up 13% over Same Month Last Year

Boulder, CO (April 26, 2010) – SIA Snow Sports RetailTRAK™ March 2010 – Retail Sales Preliminary SIA Snow Sport RetailTRAK™ data report that all snow sport retail sales increased 13% over March 2009, pushing the entire 2009/2010 season up 4% over 2008/2009. In March, nearly every major category in all three retail channels had double digit gains. Total online snow sport sales leapt 18% with chains growing 13% for the month. Regionally, persistent frigid temps pushed March Southern specialty store sales up 22% while returning snow helped Western specialty sales increase 16%. As a whole, specialty store sales increased 11% in March and 4% for the season. More significantly, specialty retailers cleaned out the back rooms and regained much of their profitability. At the end of March, retailers had 15% fewer equipment and 18% fewer apparel inventory units still on-hand. Smaller inventories meant that March carryover or clearance dollar sales plunged 29%, retail prices bounced up 10% and retail margins surged a profit boosting 14%. Helmets, one of this season’s hottest categories, finished the season with a record 1.2 million units sold, a 23% increase. For FREE 2010 access to Topline Retail Sales data or to learn more about LTG, please visit...