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Key Challenges and Issues facing the World Sports and Fitness Clothing Market

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World Sports and Fitness Clothing Market

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Sports and Fitness Clothing in Millions of US$. The specific product segments analyzed are Sports Apparel, and Fitness Clothing. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2001 through 2015. A ten-year historic analysis is also provided for these markets with annual market analytics. The report profiles 302 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as Adidas AG, Reebok, Algo Group, Amer Sports Corporation, Ashworth Inc., ASICS America Corporation, Benetton Group, Billabong International Limited, Blacks Leisure Group Plc, Columbia Sportswear, Danskin, Descente Ltd., Eddie Bauer Inc., Escada AG, Everlast Worldwide Inc., Fila Online Inc., Foot Locker Inc., Footstar Inc., FUBU, Gap Inc., Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gildan Activewear Inc., Hanesbrands Inc., HartMarx Corp., Hugo Boss AG, Jacques Moret Inc., JJB Sports Plc., Jockey International, Jones Apparel Group Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Liz Claiborne Inc., Louis Garneau Junior, New Balance, Nike Inc., Polo Ralph Lauren, Onward Kashiyama Company Ltd., Perry Ellis International Corporation, Phillips - Van Heusen Corp., Prada SpA Group, Quiksilver, Russell Corporation, Brooks Sports Inc., The Athletic Sportshow Inc., The Timberland Company, T.J. Maxx, Tommy Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Triumph International, Umbro Plc., Under Armour, Inc., V.F. Corporation, Nautica Enterprises Inc., Majestic Athletic, Wacoal Holdings Corporation, and Warnaco Group Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability And Reporting Limitations I-1

Disclaimers I-2

Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2

CAGR Disparities Between Historic & Current Data I-2

Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3

Product Definitions And Scope of Study I-3

Sports Apparel I-4

Fitness Clothing I-4

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Outlook And Current Scenario II-1

Sports and Fitness Apparel: Sporty, Fit and Fine II-1

Table 1: Worldwide Sports Apparel Market (2004): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Company for Nike, Adidas-Salomon, Reebok, Russell, Quiksilver, VF Knitwear, Columbia, Puma and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-2

Core Competencies to Excel in Sportswear Market II-2

Favorable Trends Drive Growth II-2

Versatility and Functionality - Key Growth Drivers II-3

Women Participation Revs up the Engine of Apparel Growth II-3

2. Global Sporting Goods Industry: An Insight II-4

Apparel Propels Market as Equipment and Footwear Flatten II-4

Apparel Production - Switching Base II-4

Asian Tigers - Roaring Loud II-4

3. Product Overview II-5

Sports Licensed Apparel II-5

Sports Apparel II-5

Select Product Segments II-5

Casualwear II-5

Leisurewear II-5

Activewear II-6

Track Suits and Jogging Suits II-6

Sports Dresses, Sports Skirts and Sports Trouser II-6

Special Sports Suits II-6

Skiwear II-6

Items in Fitness Clothing II-6

Popular Casualwear Items II-6

Polo, Jerseys, Sweatshirts II-6

T-shirts II-7

Coats II-7

Indoor Jackets II-7

Jeans II-7

Skirts II-7

Shirts II-7

Outdoor Jackets II-7

Trousers II-8

4. Raw Materials Overview II-9

Technological Innovation: Crucial Factor II-9

Trends II-9

Fiber and Fabrics II-9

Textiles II-9

Contemporary Sportswear Fabrics II-9

Wellkey II-10

Gore-Tex II-10

Exceltech II-10

Cosmopion II-10

Sway II-10

Spandex II-10

5. Trends/Issues II-11

Intersection of Casual Wear and Sports Apparel II-11

Fashion Conscious Women Trigger Changes in Player Strategies II-11

Growing Awareness in Consumers about Technical Specifications II-11

What's on the Tracks - Sport-Specific Apparel II-11

Intimate Sports Apparel - An Emerging Market II-11

Growth of E-Commerce Presents Innumerable Opportunities II-12

Table 2: Internet Features Attracting Consumers (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-12

Team Sports Apparel - Fueling Growth II-12

Performance Fabrics Drive Clothing Market II-12

New Age Performance Wear II-13

Moisture Management- A New Generation Fiber Trend II-13

Sportswear Makers and Sports Associations Join Hands II-13

Active Sportswear - Cool, Casual Wear! II-13

Most Happening Sports Clothing Market II-13

Adventure Travel Sets Tone for Fabric Innovations II-13

6. Consumer and Demographic Profile II-14

Women's Sportswear Market II-14

Swim Wear: Swimming through Popularity Currents II-14

T-Shirts and Sweatshirts II-14

Shorts II-14

Jeans II-14

Slacks II-14

Other Garments II-14

Women Getting Attracted to TV Sports II-15

Men's and Boy's Sportswear Market II-15

Sports Apparel - Not Just for Sports II-15

Key Brands and Players II-16

Trends II-16

Key Factors Driving Men's and Boys' Sportswear Market II-16

Table 3: Distribution Break Up for Men's and Boys' Sportswear: 2006 - Discount Stores, Sport-Specialty Stores, Chain Stores, Department Stores, Factory Outlets, Specialty Chains, Mailing, Other Specialty Stores (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-17

Collection Sportswear: A Worthy Collection? II-17

Developments in the Men's and Boys' Sportswear Market II-17

Fashion-Forward Features in Sports Apparel II-18

Differences between Activewear, Sportswear and Denim Phasing Out II-18

Competition II-18

Children's Sportswear Market II-18

Licensed Sports Apparel Market Encouraged by Team Sports II-18

Changing Trends in Fabric Manufacturing II-18

Sports Apparel Attitude II-19

Table 4: Primary uses of Sports Apparel (Percentage of Persons) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-19

Table 5: Percentage that is Sure of the Brand they Want to Buy (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-19

Table 6: What will they do if the brand is not available (Percentage of Individuals) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-20

Table 7: Spending Planned for Purchase (Percentage of Individuals) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-20

Table 8: How they prefer to use apparel (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-20

7. Product Introductions/Innovations II-21

adidas Golf Debuts Exclusive Women's Apparel Line II-21

Dockers(R) Launches Dockers Championship Pant II-21

HO Sports Company Unveils Hyperlite Apparel Line II-21

Swirl Gear Introduces Unique Fitness Line II-22

Wuhan Releases Latest Wool Wear Designed for Sports II-22

Textronics Unleashes NuMetrex II-22

Nike Unveils Custom Made Nike Speed Corset Apparel Series II-22

Fila Launches Spring 2007 Golf Apparel II-22

FAM Introduces Sportswear II-23

Easton Launches Exclusive Apparel for Hockey Players II-23

Champion Offers Latest Range of Women's Athleticwear II-23

Under Armour Unveils Relaxed(TM) Performance Underwear Series II-23

Sew Cal Introduces Pipeline Posse Brand II-24

Lotto Capitalizes on Indian Tennis Player Sania Mirza's Popularity II-24

Everlast Bags Up 'Heritage' Fervor II-24

New Balance Peps up Athletic Apparel Market for the Fall & the Spring II-24

Warnaco Swimwear Launches New 'Choice Calvin Klein' Swimwear Line II-24

Speedo FASTSKIN FSII: A Promise of Speedy Performance II-25

Mizuno Corp. Introduces Bio-Gear Sports Apparel II-25

Antimicrobial Microfiber Undergarments for Hockey Players II-25

Browning Unveils Women's Outdoor Wear II-25

Russell Introduces Diamond Legends(TM) Collection II-25

Russell Unveils SpotShield(TM) Stain Repellant Fabric II-26

Russell Athletic Rolls Out Collegiate Legends Collection II-26

Russell Unveils New Dri-Power(TM) Stretch Mesh Technology II-26

Russell Rolls Out New Black-and-White Series of Jerseys II-26

8. Recent Industry Activity II-27

New Wave Group Takes Over Cutter & Buck II-27

Dogi International Takes Over Elastic Fabrics II-27

Hidary Group Acquires Everlast Worldwide II-27

VF Imagewear Takes Over Majestic Athletic II-27

Fila Korea Acquires Fila Luxembourg II-28

Sport-Haley Acquires the Remaining Stake in Reserve Apparel II-28

G-III Buys Assets from Jessica II-28

Lord Daniel Sportswear Ties up With Top Circle Hosiery Mills II-28

Ford Edge Collaborates with Time Inc. and Dominator Clothing II-28

Everlast Ties Up with BMH to Enter China II-29

Enyce to Form Alliance with Gina II-29

Phillips-Van Heusen Enters into Licensing Agreement with Timberland II-29

Under Armour Signs Pact with Unlimited Sports Group II-30

Calvin Klein Enters into Licensing Agreement with Windsong Sport II-30

Perry Ellis Signs Licensing Agreement with ES Apparel II-30

Perry Ellis Signs Licensing Agreement with Burlington and TrapTek II-30

Liz Claiborne Enters into Partnership with Narciso Rodriguez II-31

PPR Overcomes Approval Hitch to Take Over Puma II-31

adidas to Integrate Distribution Centers by 2009 II-31

Adidas to Add Outlets in Mainland China II-31

Reliance Retail Offers Outlets and Yarns for Its Global Allies II-31

adidas-Salomon Acquires Reebok International II-32

Timberland Acquires Howies II-32

Broder Bros Took Over Amtex Imports II-32

Kellwood Acquires CRL Group's Assets II-32

Zumiez Acquires Fast Forward II-32

Delta Apparel Acquires Fun-Tees to Augment Sales II-32

Denim Apparel Acquires Sportswear Company, Moonlight Graham II-33

Polo Ralph Lauren Acquires License of Polo Jeans II-33

Warnaco Group Acquires Calvin Klein(R) Jeans II-33

Perry Ellis Acquires Gotcha International II-33

Gildan Acquires Kentucky Derby Hosiery II-34

Apax Partners Acquires Tommy Hilfiger II-34

Augusta Sportswear Acquires Holloway II-34

Berkshire Hathaway Takes Over Russell Corp. II-34

Liz Claiborne Acquires Wes Coast Contempo Fashions and Mac and Jac Holdings II-34

Iconix Brand Group Acquires Ocean Pacific Brand from Warnaco Group II-35

TSC Buys Sol Schultz & Co II-35

K2 Inc. Purchases Line Ski Business from Trak Sports II-35

Reebok Joins Hands with Donovan Mcnabb II-35

Nike and Iroquois Nationals Enter into a Strategic Collaboration II-35

Lining Signs Partnership Contract with Shaquille O'Neal II-35

Black Fives Teams Up with Nike II-36

VF Eyes Indian Market for Its Branded Apparel II-36

MacGregor Inks Agreement with Adidas AG II-36

PRIMEDIA Enterprises Inks Pact with Fine World to Develop New Apparel Range II-36

Everlast Signs Licensing Agreement with WS Sports II-36

Amer Sports Integrates Amer Sports Winter and Outdoor America Operations II-37

Venice Beach Opens New Chain of Athletic Apparel Stores in Saudi Arabia II-37

Sara Lee Divests Branded Apparel Business in Europe II-37

Hanesbrands Spins Off from Sara Lee II-37

MLB Makes Reebok their Official Licensee II-38

Phillips-Van Heusen to Launch IZOD Brand Alone II-38

Gildan to Bring Its Distribution Centers Under One Roof II-38

Tommy Hilfiger Opens Several Standalone Retail Outlets in Europe II-38

Tommy Hilfiger Inaugurates Commercial Complex in London II-38

Tommy Hilfiger Europe Opens Standalone Retail Outlet in U.A.E. II-39

Tommy Starts Standalone Retail Store in Mexico City II-39

Amer Sports Pockets Salomon's Brands II-39

Liz Claiborne Completes Takeover of Skylark Sport II-39

RMD Entertainment Buys Dbands II-39

Fordham Acquires Gorga Athletic Wear II-40

International Brand Licensing Enters Into Agreement with Takeo Kikuchi II-40

New Balance Enters into Licensing Agreement with Levy Group II-40

Nautilus Mops Up 100% Equity Stake in PEARL iZUMi USA II-40

Delta Apparel Acquires Liquid Blaino Designs II-40

Brooks Sports Partners With TCM for Long-Term Sponsorship II-41

Everlast Enters into Licensing Agreement with M&M Fitness II-41

Everlast(R) Enters into an Agreement with Misterio del Mar II-41

Everlast Expands Licensing Agreement to Introduce 'Hand X' II-41

C&C California Enters Sportswear Market II-41

Cloudveil Mountain Works Inc. - A new Specialty Outdoor Apparel Maker Comes to Fore II-41

Warnaco Forays into Sports Apparel II-42

Windsong Acquires Como Sport II-42

Reebok Buys the Hockey Company II-42

Cynthia Steffe is Now Bernard Chaus' II-42

VF Inc. Purchases Vans Inc. II-42

Quiksilver Polishes up D C Shoes II-42

Ashworth Acquires Gekko Brands II-43

Jones Apparel Ropes in Barneys and Maxwell Shoe II-43

Nike Acquires Official Starter Properties LLC and Official Starter LLC II-43

Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation Completes Acquisition of RL Childrenswear II-43

PVH Acquires Cluett American's Arrow Brand II-43

Perry Ellis International Slates Acquisition of Tropical Sportswear International II-43

Russell Corp Pockets Brooks II-43

Adidas-Salomon Eyes Valley Apparel II-43

Columbia Sportswear Acquires Mountain Hardwear II-44

Nike Acquires Converse II-44

Phillips-Van Heusen Acquires Calvin Klein, Inc. II-44

Sport Brands International Divests Enyce II-44

Russell Corporation Purchases Jagged Edge Trademark II-44

Gildan Activewear Forms JV with Frontier Spinning Mills II-45

Bluetorch Inc Inks Deal, Ropes in Specialty Retail Chains II-45

Tommy Hilfiger Apparel to Retail in Korea II-45

Aussie Apparel Group Ltd. Pens Licensing Agreement with Revo (UK) Ltd II-45

Reebok Enters into Licensing Agreement with NBA II-45

Nike Signs Agreement with Mexican National Soccer Federation II-46

Gildan Activewear Announces Opening of Henri-Bourassa Yarn-Spinning Facility II-46

ASICS TIGER to be Known as ASICS America II-46

Travis Bought Out by Liz Clairborne II-46

9. Focus on Select Global Players II-47

Adidas AG (Germany) II-47

Reebok (USA) II-48

Algo Group, Canada II-48

Amer Sports Corporation (Finland) II-49

Ashworth Inc (USA) II-49

ASICS America Corporation (USA) II-49

Benetton Group (Italy) II-50

Billabong International Limited (Australia) II-50

Blacks Leisure Group Plc (UK) II-50

Columbia Sportswear (USA) II-50

Danskin (USA) II-51

Descente Ltd (Japan) II-51

Eddie Bauer Inc (USA) II-51

Escada AG (Germany) II-51

Everlast Worldwide Inc (USA) II-51

Fila Online Inc. (USA) II-52

Foot Locker Inc (USA) II-52

Footstar Inc (USA) II-53

FUBU (USA) II-53

Gap Inc (USA) II-53

Banana Republic (USA II-53

Old Navy (USA) II-54

Gildan Activewear Inc (Canada) II-54

Hanesbrands Inc. (USA) II-54

HartMarx Corp (USA) II-55

Hugo Boss AG (USA) II-55

Jacques Moret Inc (USA) II-55

JJB Sports Plc (UK) II-56

Jockey International (USA) II-56

Jones Apparel Group Inc (USA) II-57

Levi Strauss & Co (USA) II-57

Liz Claiborne Inc (USA) II-57

Louis Garneau Junior (Canada) II-57

New Balance (USA) II-58

Nike Inc (USA) II-58

Polo Ralph Lauren (USA) II-58

Onward Kashiyama Company Ltd (Japan) II-59

Perry Ellis International Corporation (USA) II-59

Phillips - Van Heusen Corp (USA) II-60

Prada SpA Group (Italy) II-61

Quiksilver (USA) II-61

Russell Corporation (USA) II-61

Brooks Sports Inc (USA) II-61

The Athletic Sportshow Inc (Canada) II-61

The Timberland Company (USA) II-62

T.J. Maxx (USA) II-62

Tommy Hilfiger (USA) II-62

Tommy Hilfiger Europe II-62

Triumph International (Germany) II-63

Umbro Plc (UK) II-63

Under Armour, Inc (USA) II-63

V.F. Corporation (USA) II-63

Nautica Enterprises Inc (USA) II-64

Majestic Athletic (USA) II-64

Wacoal Holdings Corporation (Japan) II-64

Warnaco Group Inc. (USA) II-64

10. Global Market Perspective II-65

Table 9: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Sports and Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region/ Country - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-65

Table 10: World Long-term Projections for Sports and Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-66

Table 11: World Ten-Year Historic Review for Sports and Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region/Country - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-67

Table 12: World 20-Year Perspective for Sports and Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region/Country - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991,1997, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-68

Table 13: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Sports Apparel by Geographic Region/ Country - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-69

Table 14: World Long-term Projections for Sports Apparel by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-70

Table 15: World Ten-Year Historic Review for Sports Apparel by Geographic Region/Country - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-71

Table 16: World 20-Year Perspective for Sports Apparel by Geographic Region/Country - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991,1997, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-72

Table 17: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region/ Country - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2001 through 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-73

Table 18: World Long-term Projections for Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-74

Table 19: World Ten-Year Historic Review for Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region/Country - US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales Figures in US$ Million for Years 1991 through 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-75

Table 20: World 20-Year Perspective for Fitness Clothing by Geographic Region/Country - Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 1991,1997, 2007 & 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-76

III. MARKET

1. The United States III-1

A. Market Analysis III-1

Sports Apparel - A Versatile Interpretation III-1

Athletics and Americans - High Health Consciousness III-1

Women Participation Revs up the Engine of Apparel Growth III-2

What Consumers Want III-2

Changing Pricing Scenario III-2

Baby Boomers - Present Good Prospects III-2

Brand Ubiquity: The In-thing in Sportswear III-3

Increasing Popularity of Specialty Stores III-3

Running Apparel Segment - Picking Up Pace III-3

2006 - Surging Demand for Advanced Performance Apparel

Drives Market Growth III-3

2005 - Year of Excellent Growth III-4

Table 21: The US Market for Sports and Fitness Apparel:

Market Size & Percentage Breakdown by Consumer Segments for the Year 2005 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-5

Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers to Market

Athletic Wear III-5

Ladies Sports Shirts in Demand III-5

Sports Apparel to Outperform Total Apparel Market III-5

Racket Squad: Apparel for Tennis Players III-6

Sales of Ski and Snowboard Apparel III-6

New Challenges in the Sports Apparel Market III-6

Trade Dynamics During 2005 and 2006 III-7

Imports III-7

Table 22: Major Import Sources of US Ski Suits of Textile Material - Knitted or Crocheted by Country for (2006) - China, Thailand, Vietnam, Canada, Italy and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7

Table 23: Major Import Sources of US Ski Suits of Textile Material - Knitted or Crocheted by Country for (2005) - China, Italy, Honduras, Canada, Vietnam and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-7

Table 24: Major Import Sources of US Ski Suits - Woven by Country for (2005 & 2006) - China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India, Italy, Indonesia and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

Table 25: Major Import Sources of US Track Suits - Knitted - Cotton by Country for (2005 & 2006) -China, Egypt, Pakistan, Honduras, Bangladesh and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-8

Table 26: Major Import Sources of US Track Suits - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2005 & 2006) - China, Egypt, Pakistan, Honduras, Bangladesh and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9

Table 27: Major Import Sources of US Track Suits - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2006) - Mexico, China, Philippines, Hungary and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9

Table 28: Major Import Sources of US Track Suits - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2005) - China, Indonesia, Hungary, Mexico and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-9

Table 29: Major Import Sources of US Mens/Boys Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2005 & 2006) - Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10

Table 30: Major Import Sources of US Men's/ Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2006) - France, China, Portugal, Spain and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10

Table 31: Major Import Sources of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2005) - Italy, China, France, Hong Kong and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-10

Table 32: Major Import Sources of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2006) - Mexico, China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Taiwan and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 33: Major Import Sources of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2005) - Mexico, China, Honduras, Pakistan, Canada and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 34: Major Import Sources of US Womens/ Girls Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2006) - Cambodia, China, Canada, Italy, Brazil and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-11

Table 35: Major Import Sources of US Womens/Girls Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2005) - Canada, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, China and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

Table 36: Major Import Sources of US Women/ Girl Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2006) - China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Italy, Canada and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

Table 37: Major Import Sources of US Women/Girl Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2005) - China, Taiwan, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Philippines and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-12

Table 38: Major Import Sourrces of US Women/Girl Swimwea - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2005) - Mexico, China, Canada, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Taiwan and Others (Imports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-13

Exports III-13

Table 39: Major Export Destinations of US Ski Suits of Textile Material - Knitted or Crocheted by Country for (2006) - Italy, Japan, Israel, Canada, France, UK and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-13

Table 40: Major Export Destinations of US Ski Suits of Textile Material - Knitted or Crocheted by Country for (2005) - Japan, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Austria, UK and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-14

Table 41: Major Export Destinations of US Ski Suits - Woven by Country for (2006) - Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Ecuador and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-14

Table 42: Major Export Destinations of US Ski Suits - Woven by Country for (2005) - Mexico, Japan, Iraq, Chile, France and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-14

Table 43: Major Export Destinations of US Track Suits - Knitted - Cotton by Country for (2006) - Mexico, Canada, Indonesia, Japan and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15

Table 44: Major Export Destinations of US Track Suits - Knitted - Cotton by Country for (2005) - Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15

Table 45: Major Export Destinations of US Track Suits - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2005 & 2006) - Mexico, UK, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Japan and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-15

Table 46: Major Export Destinations of US Track Suits - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2005 & 2006) - Mexico, UK, Japan, Dominican Republic and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 47: Major Export Destinations of US Mens/Boys Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2006) - Denmark, Canada, Mexico, India, Nigeria and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 48: Major Export Destinations of US Mens/Boys Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2005) - China, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, UK and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-16

Table 49: Major Export Destinations of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2006) - Cambodia, Japan, Colombia, Hong Kong, Honduras and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17

Table 50: Major Export Destinations of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2005) - Cambodia, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17

Table 51: Major Export Destinations of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2006) - Mexico, Canada, UK, China , Maldives and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-17

Table 52: Major Export Destinations of US Men's/Boys Swimwear - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2005) - Mexico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago (Port of Spain), Italy, Greece, and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-18

Table 53: Major Export Destinations of US Womens/Girls Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2006) - Mexico, Canada, Italy, Japan, UK and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-18

Table 54: Major Export Destinations of US Womens/Girls Swimwear - Woven by Country for (2005) - Mexico, Italy, Canada, Germany, Dominican Republic and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-18

Table 55: Major Export Destinations of US Women/Girl Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2006) - Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Taiwan and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19

Table 56: Major Export Destinations of US Women/Girl Swimwear - Knitted - Textile Nes by Country for (2005) - Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19

Table 57: Major Export Destinations of US Women/Girl Swimwear - Knitted - Synthetic Fibres by Country for (2005 & 2006) - Canada, Mexico, UK, Dominican Republic and Others (Exports in US$) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-19

2004 - Sports and Fitness Clothing Tops US$40 Billion III-20

Table 58: Sports Apparel Market in the US in 2004: Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Company (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-20

Table 59: Leading Importers of US Sportsgear & Apparel (2004): Countries Ranked by Export Value for - Canada, Mexico, Japan, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Panama and Others (In US$ Million) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-21

Table 60: Major Export Destinations of US Sportsgear & Apparel by Country for (2004) - Percentage Breakdown of Exports Value for Canada, Mexico, Japan, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Panama and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-21

Table 61: The US Market for and Fitness Clothing: Market Size & Percentage Breakdown by Consumer Segments for the Year 2004 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

Table 62: The US Market for Sports and Fitness Clothing: Market Size & Percentage Breakdown by Apparel Type for the Year 2004(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-22

Table 63: The US Market for Sports and Fitness Clothing: Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Product Segment for the Year 2004 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

Table 64: The US Market for Active Sports Apparel: Percentage Breakdown of Consumer Spending by Type of Sport for the Year 2004 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-23

Table 65: The US Market for Sports: Percentage Breakdown of Retail Outlets for the Year 2004 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-24

2003 - Womens wear Outsells Mens wear III-24

Table 66: Apparel Sales by Consumer Segment: 2003 (In %) - Men, Women, Children (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-24

Leading Apparel Makers in Texas Region: Ranking of V.F. Jeanswear, Fruit of the Loom, Radio Cap Co., Levi Strauss & Co., and MFI International for 2003 III-25

Table 67: Leading Sporting Goods Retailers in the U.S: Value Sales of The Sports Authority, Bass Pro Shops, Dick's Sporting Goods Inc, Cabela's Inc, and Academy Sports & Outdoors for 2003 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

Table 68: The US Market for Sports Apparel: Breakdown of Average Price Per Unit by Consumer Segment for the Year 2003 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

Table 69: Popular Reasons for Buying Licensed Sports Apparel in the US: Year 2003 Extreme Interests(includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-25

2002 - Ups and Downs in-Store III-26

Snapshots III-26

Throwback Jerseys the Hottest Fashion in Sportswear III-26

2001 - Bogged Down by Problems III-26

Snapshots III-26

Top Sellers of Apparel: 2001 III-27

Table 70: Sports Apparel Makers in the US: Global Sales of Jones Apparel, Reebok, Nike, VF Corporation, Liz Claiborne, Timberland, Polo Ralph Lauren, Columbia Sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Nautica and Skechers for 2001 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-28

Table 71: Leading Sports Apparel Makers in the US: Sales in Europe (as percentage of total sales) of Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, VF Corporation, Nike, Liz Claiborne, Timberland, Kenneth Cole, Columbia Sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger, Jones Apparel, Nautica and Skechers for 2001 (in US$ million) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-29

Woman - The Focus of the Year III-29

2000 - Prices Slide Down III-29

Table 72: Best-Selling Sportswear in the US Market (2000): Sales of Select Segments By Type of Sport - Running/Jogging, Bowling, Golf, Swimming, Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Bicycling, and Aerobics (Sales in US$ Million) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-30

Best Selling Sports Apparel Items: 2000 (Ranking on the basis of dollar (i)sales) III-30

Table 73: Key Elements Impacting Sports Apparel Spending: 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

Table 74: Usage Preferences of Sports Apparel (Gender wise): 2000 (Percentage of Persons) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-31

Tennis Surpasses Golf in Style III-32

Designers Compete for Golf Biz III-32

Golf Grows Hot III-32

Technology in Snowboard Attire III-32

Motocross Apparel Hits New High III-33

Smaller Companies and Extreme Sports Conquer Sporting Goods Industry III-33

Fabric, Colors, Finishes & More III-33

Nylon Apparel in Sportswear Market III-33

Sportswear Design Trends III-34

Sporting New Colors III-34

Denim Finds Use in Sports Apart from Active Lifestyle Applications III-34

US Activewear Market III-34

Activewear: A Segment with High Growth Opportunities III-34

Table 75: Leading Activewear Brands in 2004: Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales (i)) for Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Hanes, Polo and Disney (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35

Table 76: Best-Selling Activewear Segments: Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for - Knitted T Shirts & Sports Shirts, Outerwear/ Topcoats, Swim wear, Sweats and Warm Ups, Intimate Apparel, Team Sports Uniforms, Tops & Bottoms and Other Sports & Fitness Apparel & Accessories for the years 1991, 1995, 2005 and 2010 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-35

Performance is not the Only Criterion for Buying Active III-36

Active Styles to Re-Emerge III-36

Intense Competition in the Active Wear Market III-36

Sports Application of Activewear - A Peek into Past Trends III-36

Table 77: Activewear Used in Different Sports (2003): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for Use in Active Sports - Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball/Softball, Inline Skating/Boarding, Aerobic/Fitness/Exercise, Running/Jogging, Outdoor Sports/Recreation, Skiing/Snowboarding, Walking for Exercise, Soccer/Rugby and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Table 78: Activewear Sports Use by Men and Women in the US (2003): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Activity - Walking for Exercise, Running/ Jogging, Basketball, Aerobics/Fitness/Exercise and Golf (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-37

Mass Merchandisers & Discounters Dominate Retailing III-37

Table 79: Leading Retail Outlets for Active Sports Apparel (2001): Sales and Percentage Breakdown by Retailer - National Chains, Sporting Goods Stores, Specialty Stores, Mass Merchants, Department Stores, Factory Outlets, Wholesale Clubs\Hypermarts, Off-Price Stores, Direct Mail/e-tailers, Other Outlets (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-38

Table 80: Retail Market for Active Sports Apparel (1999-1996): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by Retail Channel - Off-Price Stores, Factory Outlets, Discount Stores, Sporting Goods Stores, Specialty Stores, Department Stores, Chain Stores, Mail Order and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-38

Casualwear Market III-39

An Overview of Casualwear Market III-39

Casual Wear: A Retro Focus on Trends - 2003 & Before III-39

Casual Wear for Winter 2002-03 III-39

Table 81: Leading Makers of Cotton T-Shirts in the US (2003 Vs 2001): Percentage Breakdown for Gilden, Fruit of the Loom and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 82: Leading Jeans Labels for Adults (18-24 age group) in 2003: Percentage Breakdown for Tommy Hilfiger, Levi, Gap, Old Navy, LEI, Express, Calvin Klein, Polo, Mudd, Guess, Abercrombie & Fitch and Jnco (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-41

Table 83: Fleece Sales at Discount Stores (2003 Vs 2001): Percentage Breakdown by Type of Material - Cotton, 50% Poly/50% Cotton and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-42

Casual Clothing Trends III-42

Casual Sportswear III-42

Marketing Trends in Casual Clothing III-43

Licensed Sports Apparel III-43

Market Highlights III-43

Licensed Sports Apparel for Children - A Growing Market III-43

Rebirth of Sports Licensing III-43

Consumer Segments III-44

Women's Sports Apparel Segment III-44

What Women Want III-44

Women's Participation in Sports III-44

Growth of Small Female Run Companies III-44

Womenswear Market Vitals - A Quick Brush Up III-45

Table 84: Women's Sportswear Market (2001-2002): Percentage Breakdown by Age Group - 55+, 35-54, 25-34, 18-24, 13-17, Below 12 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-45

Table 85: Revenues in Women's Wear Categories: 2001-2002 (US$ Million) - Tailored, Tops, Bottoms (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-45

Table 86: Leading Women-Oriented Sports Apparel Companies in the US in 2000: Sales and Percentage Breakdown for Weekend Exercise Co, Danskin, Champion Jogbra, Carushka and Jacques Moret (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-46

Leading Manufacturers of Tennis/Sports Skirts in 2000: Ranking by Volume Sales for Vital Apparel Group, Jantzen and Nike III-46

Women and Girls Apparel Marketing III-47

Efforts of Companies to Attract Teenage Girls and Women - A Review of Impact Creating Promos III-47

Table 87: Female Participation in Less Impact Activities: 2001-2000 - Pilates Training, Yoga/Tai Chi, Water Exercise, Fitness Swimming, Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-47

Nike Appeals to Women's Market III-47

Women Display Preference for Fitness over Competitive Sporting Activities III-47

Table 88: Popular Fitness/Sporting Activities of Women and Girls Aged 6 Years and Above: 2000 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-48

Women Pioneers Shaping Sports Apparel Market III-48

Womens Sportswear Led by its Own Thrust III-48

Pregnant Women: A Growing Segment III-49

Teenage Girls: Enthusiastic Purchasers III-49

Table 89: Leading Retail Channels for Teens Sportswear (in the 13-17 Age segment) in 2003 & 2005: Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales for Department, Mass, Specialty and Other Stores (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-49

Table 90: Apparel Market for Girls (2003 & 2005 E): Percentage Breakdown of Value Share by Segments - Dresses/Skirts, Activewear, Tops, Bottoms, Intimate Apparel, Outerwear and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-50

Buying Patterns of Women Shopping for Sports and Fitness Clothing III-50

Table 91: Elements That Draw Women to Activewear Purchases (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-51

Important Sources of Sports Apparel Information III-51

Table 92: Source of Information on Activewear for Women (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-51

Women's Penchant for Cool Cotton III-52

Table 93: Fabrics Used in the Women's Activewear Market in 2003 & 2005 - Percentage Breakdown for Polyester, Cotton, Nylon, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-52

Review of Intimate Sports Apparel Section III-52

Table 94: Leading Manufacturers of Women's/Girl's Underwear in 2003 & 2005: Percentage Breakdown for Fruit of the Loom, Sara Lee and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-53

Table 95: Lingerie Sales by Segment in 2003 & 2005: Percentage Breakdown for Designer, Private Label, and National Brands (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-53

The Bra Segment III-53

Rising Popularity of Women's Sports Bra III-54

Prints and Colors in Vogue III-54

Distribution Channels for Women's Apparel III-54

Discount Stores III-54

Women's Favorite Sales Outlets III-54

Table 96: Women's Favorite Stores for Sports Apparel or Activewear in 2003 & 2005: Percentage Breakdown for Department Store (non-specific), Wal-Mart, Target, JC Penney, Lady Foot Locker/Foot Locker (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55

Table 97: Sports Apparel and Activewear Stores for Women (2001): Percentage Breakdown for Specialty Store, Discount Store, Catalog, Department Store, Athletic Footwear Store, Sporting Goods Store and Online Retailer (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-55

Casual SportsWear Industry - Trekking the Crests & Troughs III-56

Casualization Booms Women's Spending III-56

National Chains Lead Sales III-56

Men's and Boy's Sportswear Market III-56

Consumer Behavior III-56

A Growing Segment of Sportswear - Golf Apparel III-57

Table 98: Leading Labels for Golf Apparel in 2003 & 2005E: Percentage Breakdown for Tommy Bahama, Cutter & Buck and Ashworth (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-57

Sport Coats III-57

An Alternative to Pricey Suits III-57

Trousers III-58

Table 99: Men's Apparel Market in 2003 & 2005 E: Percentage Breakdown by Segments - Activewear, Outerwear, Suits/Sportscoats, Tops, Bottoms, Furnishings, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-58

Men's Innerwear III-58

Inner Sportswear III-58

Established Players Gamble - Combining Sportivity with Intimacy III-58

Men's Underwear Now Ranges from Bikini Briefs to Baggy Boxers III-59

Table 100: Leading Manufacturers of Men's/ Boy' Underwear for 2003 & 2005: Percentage Breakdown for Sara Lee, Fruit of the Loom and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-59

Sports Apparel Base Layer Fabrics III-59

Advance Features and Crossover Style Characterize New Base Layers III-59

Product Launches in Underwear, Socks, and Fleece Top Segments: 2002-03 III-60

Men are Fashion Conscious III-62

Children's Sportswear III-63

Apparel for Obese Kids: A Niche Segment III-63

Table 101: Boy's Clothing Market (2003 & 2005 ) - Percentage Breakdown by Category Suits/ Sportscoats, Bottoms, Furnishings, Activewear, Outerwear, Tops, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-63

Table 102: Popular Labels for Children's Apparel (2003 & 2005 ): Percentage Breakdown for Levi's, Oshkosh and Hanes (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-64

Jeans and Sneakers - Most Preferred Apparel by Teenagers III-64

Table 103: Top 5 Popular Jeans Labels for Teenagers (13-17 age group) (2003 & 2005 ): Percentage Breakdown for Levi, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, Gap and Old Navy (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-64

Table 104: Jeans Market in 2005 - Percentage Breakdown by Color - Black, Light Blue, Medium Blue, Dark Blue, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-65

Surf and Skateboard Influencing Children's Wear III-65

Fitness Fervor Vibes the US Market - A Note on Evolution and Historic Trends & Stats III-65

American Fitness Industry III-65

Evolution of the American Fitness Industry III-65

Timeline of Popular Fitness Activities III-66

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