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Mid-Year Shipment Results Up Compared to 2011

The first half of 2012 started off on a positive note for the tennis industry in terms of wholesale shipments of racquets and balls, as well as retail sales for tennis racquets. While much of the success for the first half of the year was driven by a strong  first quarter, the second quarter was defined by a lingering cautious optimism among tennis players and their buying habits.

New 'Dashboard' Tracks Progress for 10 and Under Tennis

To monitor and report on the progress of 10 and Under Tennis, the USTA has created a “Dashboard,” which sets 2012 goals and tracks the initiative across various categories.

“While our ‘Dashboard’ may be new this year, we’ve been tracking our progress throughout the last few years,” says Scott Schultz, the USTA’s managing director for Youth Tennis. “For 10 and Under Tennis, 2011 was a tremendous year. The industry really pulled together and we had major growth in every category.”

SGMA's Wholesale Study Tallies $77 Billion in Sales

According to SGMA’s Manufacturers Sales by Category Report (2012 edition), manufacturers' (wholesale) sales of sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, sports apparel, athletic footwear, and sports licensed merchandise in the U.S. totaled $77.31 billion in 2011—a 4.2 percent increase over 2010 when wholesale sales were $74.19 billion.cturers' shipments in the U.S. market and expressed in wholesale, not retail, dollar values.

Key Tennis Research Trends to be Released In Upcoming State of the Industry Report

The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) is set to release its second annual “State of the Industry” report, which compiles key research from the trade association’s dozens of in-depth annual research studies and surveys into a top-line document that helps to “narrate the story of the tennis industry” for the past year. Key findings include data on the value of the overall tennis economy, participation and play frequency trends, equipment sales, and pro events.

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