PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, February 18, 2014 – According to Leisure Trends, an NPD Group company, US sporting goods chain stores saw sales of running/fitness, sports footwear, and apparel and accessories reach $10.5 billion in 2013, an increase of 6 percent over 2012. Units ended the year up 4 percent, while average retail prices rose 2 percent.
Running shoe sales saw unit sales increase 3 percent, and dollar sales increase 1 percent, totaling $2.6 billion in 2013. Several other footwear categories declined, including walking and multi-sport, which were down 32 percent to $23 million, and down 16 percent to $171 million, respectively. The highlights in run/fitness footwear in 2013 were cross trainers, up 5 percent to $353 million, and casual sandals, up 17 percent to $280 million.
On the strength of sportswear, which saw retail sales increase 14 percent to $2.7 billion, overall apparel sales jumped almost 8 percent to $4.6 billion. Totaling $2.1 billion, accessories gained 10 percent compared to 2012. Growth in accessories were driven by headwear ($270 million, +25 percent), handwear ($56 million +14 percent) and socks ($735 million, +21 percent).
In 2013, run specialty retail dollar sales increased 2 percent to total $909 million. Unit sales fell 4 percent while average retail prices rose 6 percent. Most major categories experienced increases in revenue and decreases in units sold. Run specialty apparel units declined 2 percent, and dollar sales were down 1 percent at $95 million, while the average retail price increased 3 percent. In dollars, sportswear fell 1 percent, while running outerwear gained 8 percent. Run specialty accessories saw
dollar sales reach $173 million in 2013, an increase of 1 percent, with unit sales falling 5 percent.