Wholesale sales of sports apparel in the U.S. 2008-2018

The statistic depicts the manufacturers (wholesale) sales of athletic apparel in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, wholesale sales of athletic apparel amounted to about 36.6 billion U.S. dollars.

Athletic apparel market - additional information

Athletic apparel is a general term referring to high-functionality clothes designed to enhance performance, but also to support and protect the body while playing sports. Since different sports put strains on different parts of the body and are played in different conditions, athletic wear differs in materials, fit or design from one sport to another. The sports apparel market is divided into high-performance gear for professional athletes, consumer products and “athleisure”- sportswear for everyday life. Athletic apparel may include, for example, yoga pants, football jerseys, socks, swimwear or baseball caps.

The most important players on both the global sporting goods market and the global sport apparel market are Adidas and Nike. VF Corporation, the manufacturer of more than 30 brands, such as Eastpak, JanSport, The North Face, Nautica or Vans, is another key company in this market.

Sports apparel wholesale sales in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

Wholsale sales in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* All figures are based on manufacturers' shipments in the U.S. market and expressed in wholesale dollar values.
The sports/athletic apparel category is made up of five divisions: branded activewear, performance apparel, branded athletic apparel, fitness apparel and team uniforms.

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