Sports & Leisure

Leisure and sporting activities are gaining an increasingly prominent position in the social landscape and are recognized as an important lifestyle choice. Worldwide, employees needing to unwind outside of work are trying out an ever-growing range of hobbies, while more importance is being placed on adult, as well as child participation in physical and leisurely activities.

There are various store types consumers can visit, should they wish to partake in some of these activities. Hobby stores sell recreational items to consumers, such as collectibles, instruments, and video games, while sporting goods outlets provide shoppers with sporting and fitness equipment, as well as apparel for exercise purposes. Lastly, pet stores provide consumers with everything they need to take care of the animals they love and live with.

Hobby, toy, and game store sales in the United States
16.52bn USD
Percentage change in revenue of sporting goods worldwide
Number of pet and pet supplies stores in Canada

Market size

The sports & leisure retail market
Sporting goods, hobby, and musical instrument store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)
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The competitive landscape of this industry is changing. Demand is driven by population demographics and income, while the profitability of individual companies depends on merchandising and marketing skills. Large chains, such as Nike and Adidas, have an advantage in stocking a wide variety of goods. Smaller companies and specialty retailers, on the other hand, can compete successfully by carrying a deeper product line in specialized sports, offering repair services, or by serving a local market.

Stores of the leading leisure retailers in the U.S.
Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music per capita spending in the U.S.
Total number of pet stores in the U.S.

Hobby store market

Hobby stores worldwide
Monthly retail sales of hobby, toy, and game stores in the United States from 2017 to 2020 (in million U.S. dollars)
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A hobby is when someone enjoys partaking in a specific type of recreational activity. The term “hobby store” encompasses many specific store types, including shops for musical instruments, fishing, model airplanes & collector’s items, toys & games, as well as merchandise, and many others. In essence, a hobby store sells goods and services that speak to the recreational needs and wants of hobbyists. A large number and variety of hobby stores are based in North America.

Toys & hobby market outlook
Number of hobby, toy and game stores in Canada by region
Number of Gamestop stores worldwide, by country

Pet store market

Pet supplies and specialty stores
Annual total net sales of selected pet retailers in the United States in 2019 and 2020 (in million U.S. dollars)
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Worldwide, there are many people who love and own pets. In the United States alone, just under half of all households owned a dog, making it a large market for pet stores and enterprises. The U.S. pet store market is, however, dominated by two main forces: PetSmart and Petco Animal Supplies. While pet products are mostly still purchased in physical outlets, the growth of the online pet retail market is becoming increasingly relevant with each passing year.

Pet food market in Canada
Pet ownership and petcare market in Europe
Thriving online pet stores

Sporting goods market

Global sporting goods & equipment stores
The American customer satisfaction index scores for athletic shoe companies in the U.S. from 1997 to 2020
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With increasing numbers of people working long hours in offices, the emphasis on exercise continues to grow. Furthermore, the demand for sporting activities is climbing. Companies in this industry operate physical retail stores specializing in sporting goods, athletic and fitness wear, fitness equipment, and related products. Major companies worldwide include Bass Pro, Big 5, Cabela's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hibbett Sports, REI, Sports Authority, FGL Sports, Groupe Go Sport, and many others.

Net sales of Nautilus Inc. worldwide
Quarterly retail sales of exercise equipment in Canada

Industry definition

The sports & leisure category provides interesting data on the retail side of sporting and recreational activities, i.e., products and services, from across the globe. The industry is divided into three sub-categories: hobby stores, pet stores, and sporting goods.

The hobby store section focuses on various hobbyist goods and outlets, for instance sewing, book, camping, and musical instrument stores. The pet store sub-category includes data on pet animal specialty and supply stores, leading brands, e-commerce, among other things. And finally, the sporting goods section provides data on sports and fitness equipment companies, specialized stores, and various markets' sales figures.

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