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  • US snow sports market slows but reaches $3 billion in February

    first_imgAT/Randonee equipment sales have doubled compared to last season in units and in dollars to more than $16 million in sales in snow sports channels and up more than 50% in outdoor specialty shops this season to $10 million in that sales channel.  Snowshoe sales are up 21% in units and up 20% in dollars sold through February this season.  Reverse camber snowboard sales were up 42% in units and 46% in dollars sold.  In fact, 45% of all current season model boards sold so far this season have reverse camber. The snow sports market surpassed the $3 billion mark for the 2010/2011 season but sales slowed significantly in February.  Season to date, snow sports sales are up 13% in dollars sold and up 8% in units sold. Total sales last season never reached the $3 billion dollar mark, in fact, by the end of March 2010 all snow sports sales reached just $2.94 billion.  However, comparing February 2011 to February 2011, units sold were down 2% and dollar sales were down 1.5%.  Despite slowing sales, margins showed continued strength, up 8% compared to February 2010 and total sales for the 2010/2011 season sales (August to March) should surpass the $3.1 billion record set in the 2007/2008 season.Equipment sales fell off significantly in February as scarcity made it difficult for late season consumers to find preferred products. All equipment inventory units were down 17% season to date.  Overall, equipment sales were down 20% February 2010 to February 2011 but remained up 16% in dollars sold and up 5% in units sold across the entire season.  Alpine equipment sales slowed in February, down 2% in dollars sold and down 9% in units sold, compared to February 2010.  Snowboard equipment sales were up 6% in dollars sold season to date, but down 25% when comparing February 2010 to February 2011.  The only equipment category that showed a gain when comparing February 2011 to February 2010 is AT/Randonee equipment, that was up 95% in units and 101% in dollars sold.  Despite a slow February, all equipment sales remain very healthy across the 2010/2011 season.‘I wanted to buy some new skis this February for a trip I’m taking to Colorado in March but I guess I waited too long because I can’t find the skis I’m looking for anywhere,’ Dr. L. Higdon, Yorktown, VA ‘ SIA Consumer Panel Member.Apparel sales were slightly stronger in February 2011 compared to February 2010 as La Niña conditions persisted and the northerly storm track continued to bring snow to North America’s mountain regions.  All apparel sales increased 1% in units and 2% in dollars sold compared to February 2011.  Season to date, apparel sales are up 11% in dollars and up 7% in units sold.  Accessories sales are following a pattern similar to apparel with strong season to date sales and flat sales in February.  Apparel sales were up 13% in dollars sold season to date but up only 2% in dollars when comparing the month of February 2011 with February 2010.Overall, the snow sports market is enjoying excellent sales this season and despite a slow February, is on track to set a new sales record this season. 2010/2011 Season TrendsAlpine skis (flat skis sold without bindings) in the 80mm-110mm waist width category were up 69% in dollars sold on more than 64,000 units compared to 38,000 units through February last season. Source:  SIA RetailTRAKâ ¢ BY Leisure Trends Group.  Topline data includes carryover sales.Source:  SIA RetailTRAKâ ¢ BY Leisure Trends Group.  Topline data includes carryover sales.center_img Reverse/Mixed camber ski sales were up 142% in units and 136% in dollars sold so far this season.  More than 46,900 pairs of reverse camber/mixed camber skis have so far this season representing 10% of all alpine skis sold (flat and systems). Alpine apparel is selling well this season; up 13% in dollars sold to $107 million.  The La Niña generated snow and cold across the northern half of the U.S. have spurred apparel sales all season. Weather plays the most critical role in snow sports sales and a look at sales by region clearly illustrates this phenomenon.  Regionally, heavy snow and colder than average temperatures continued to drive consumers to buy in the western region where sales were up 24% in equipment dollars sold, 15% in apparel and 18% in accessories sales.  The Northeast also enjoyed sales increasing including 16% more in equipment dollars, 20% more in apparel and 20% in accessories dollars sold season to date.  In the South, snow sports participants who were headed for more mountainous terrain continued their equipment buying spree increasing sales up 19% through February this season.  But warmer weather in the southern U.S. did not drive apparel and accessories sales. Southern apparel sales were relatively flat with a 3% gain in dollars sold and accessories are up just 1% over last season.  The Midwestern region’s sales continued to grow this season; up 15% in equipment, 5% in apparel and up 13% in accessories dollars sold.  Unit sales are up 9% overall in the Midwestern states. The market data presented in this report comes from the SIA RetailTRAKâ ¢ produced for SIA by the Leisure Trends Group.  RetailTRAKâ ¢ data is gathered directly from a representative panel of more than 1,500 snow sports retailers who provide sales data directly to the Leisure Trends Group from their Point of Sale systems.  The RetailTRAKâ ¢ panel and the method for extrapolating the results out to the entire industry is based on a triennial census of snow sports retailers designed to accurately define the size and structure of the snow sports retail marketplace.  SIA maintains these data for members down to the product level.  For more information about SIA’s RetailTRAKâ ¢ information please contact Kelly Davis, SIA’s Director of Research at [email protected](link sends e-mail). – SIA -SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is the national not-for-profit, North American member-owned, trade association representing the snow sports industry. Established in 1954, SIA annually produces the SIA Snow Show, the largest snow sports industry trade show, on-snow demo and networking environment globally, while delivering invaluable data/research reports including the Snow Sports Market Intelligence Report, the SIA Retail Audit and Executive Market Summary. SIA also develops marketing products, programs and services such as logistics and Government affairs that help our Members operate more efficiently and increase participation in snow sports. For more information, check out snowsports.org. SnowSports Industries America, 8377-B Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA 22102-3587. Phone: 703.556.9020, Fax: 703.821.8276, Email: [email protected](link sends e-mail).- LTG – Leisure Trends Group – LTG is the leading provider of consumer research, retail market intelligence (retail sales tracking) and integrated CRM/Direct Marketing services for the sports, recreation, hospitality, travel and entertainment industries. Suppliers, retailers, associations, resorts and financial analysts rely on Leisure Trends Group for actionable consumer insights, accurate retail sales data that includes margins and inventory, and innovative targeted marketing solutions. Leisure Trends Group is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, contact Julia Day, 303-786-7900 x107/ [email protected](link sends e-mail) or visit www.leisuretrends.com(link is external).   MCLEAN, Va. (April 5, 2011) –last_img read more

  • Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children

    first_img May 15, 2005 Regular News Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children Contributions may be made through The Florida Bar’s annual fee statement For those of us who have ever grumbled about not getting a good night’s sleep, consider, for a moment, the case of Chris.A 17-year-old foster care student, Chris was “placed” on a couch in an office of the Department of Children and Families. Chris had been removed from his parents because of physical abuse and neglect, and had gone through a dozen placements in six years. When legal aid learned Chris had been sleeping in a break room at DCF, it requested an emergency hearing to remove him from his “couch-residence.” 5 p.m. that day, a judge ruled for DCF to find a new placement for Chris — a home that met his basic needs.Thanks to legal aid, Chris is now living with his grandparents, where he has a shower, a bureau for his clothes, and a warm bed.This story is detailed in a letter from Bar President-elect Alan Bookman accompanying the 2005-06 Bar fee statement. In the letter, Bookman asks members to add in a charitable contribution of $45 or more to The Florida Bar Foundation, with payment of their annual Bar fees. The Foundation will dedicate all fee statement contributions to children’s legal services.“Is there a greater responsibility we have in society than to see that our children have every opportunity possible?” Bookman asked.John Thornton, the Foundation’s president-elect designate, said for many it’s difficult to comprehend a child who needs the services of an attorney, yet the need for increased funding for children’s legal services continues to grow.“As members of the legal profession, we already do a great deal for our community, including our pro bono work and contributions to legal aid,” Thornton said. “Yet, every year thousands of low-income children in Florida routinely are denied their legal rights to education, health care, and other services essential for these children to become productive adults.”Additional problems faced by poor children, according to Foundation children’s legal services grantees, include school officials filing criminal complaints against special education children without meeting the requirement to advise law enforcement of their disabilities; parents denied the right to examine and photocopy their child’s school files; and children who do not receive the medical services to which they are legally entitled.Efforts to address the need for children to receive legal services, however, are beginning to receive more attention, Bookman said.“Last year, our Lawyers’ Challenge for Children generated more than $180,000 to fund grants for children’s legal services,” Bookman said. “The Florida Bar Foundation has and will continue to fund annual grants for representation of children out of IOTA funds. But the needs of children stretch well beyond the reach of IOTA funding. The grants provided for children’s legal services by The Florida Bar Foundation help assure that legal assistance will be available to assist and protect the legal rights of Florida’s most vulnerable population.”The Foundation has several goals for its children’s legal services grant program, but emphasizes access to special education required by law and the protection of the legal rights of foster children. For example, for foster children moved repeatedly from one foster home to another, the opportunity for a decent education often is lost. Also, transition training, and related benefits required by law to prepare foster children for independent living as adults, often is denied. Frequently, foster children traumatized by the constant upheaval in their lives, and who suffer from mental health problems, go untreated despite legal requirements that treatment be provided.Thornton said there have been tangible results to funding children’s legal services.“In the special education area, our children’s legal services grantees report that children served by the program show long-term improvement in academic performance and in their behavior,” Thornton said. “It’s too early to report long-term results from our emphasis on foster children, but the cost of failing these children is too high.”Thornton added, “Our chief grantee serving foster children reports that studies show 20 to 40 percent of homeless people used to be foster kids. State prisons are filled with inmates who come from foster care backgrounds.”Thornton said the children’s legal services grant program is one of the Foundation’s most “important and rewarding” efforts.“When our legal aid grantees send in their reports describing the kinds of cases they handle, I’m astounded at the obstacles poor children and their families have to overcome, and I am awed by the lawyers—and the Foundation—that have helped them do so,” Thornton said.“You and I have another opportunity this year to make a difference,” Bookman said. “Please join me in supporting the Lawyers’ Challenge for Children.”last_img read more

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