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MAARSSEN, Netherlands (Dec 13) – The worlds largest sporting goods retailers, a group of 67 companies, has increased their turnover by 16.4% to US$ 46.5 billion over 2005. A trend that has been developing over the last 5 years, where more trade is done by fewer players. The main reason for the growth is of […]

MAARSSEN, Netherlands (Dec 13) – The worlds largest sporting goods retailers, a group of 67 companies, has increased their turnover by 16.4% to US$ 46.5 billion over 2005. A trend that has been developing over the last 5 years, where more trade is done by fewer players. The main reason for the growth is of an organic nature, although mergers have played a part. In the US market, two medium sized chains have merged, and in Italy Cisalfa Sport took over Longoni – a former property of Giacomelli. In the UK Allsports went bankrupt, and is now property of the John David Group, owners of JD Sports. The major European buyers group, Intersport has been able to keep up with the growth in the market, and has successfully ventured into the Turkish and eastern European markets. The biggest grow fastest: the top 14 chains have realized a growth figure of 19%, which is faster than the market, and higher than the average figure for all groups. (MH)

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