Sporting goods in Canada - additional information
Like many other nations, Canadian’s enjoy a number of different sports, including ice hockey and lacrosse, the country’s official winter and summer games. Perhaps for this reason, the retail sales of the sporting goods industry remained consistent between 2010 and 2015, rising slightly each year. The leading sporting goods and sportswear retailer in Canada is Canadian Tire’s FGL Sports. In 2016, FGL Sports contributed almost 2.2 billion Canadian dollars to Canadian Tire’s revenue with 433 outlets across the country.
The consumer price index (CPI) for sporting goods in Canada has generally fallen year-over-year since its base value of 100 in 2002. This means that the price an average Canadian household paid for sporting goods decreased each year during this time frame. In 2016, the index rose slightly to 83.3.
Due to the country’s geographical location, many regions in Canada provide occasions for winter sports. As well as the national winter sport, ice hockey, Canada’s landscape offers many spots for skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing or snowmobiling. The traditional purpose of snowmobiling was the transport of material and other necessities in snowy conditions, but in recent years snowmobiles have found a recreational purpose. Snowmobile sales were estimated to grow each year between 2009 and 2015, with the largest number of registrations taking place in Quebec.