I haven't had the opportunity to take up the subject of sporting goods in Japan on these pages yet, but the subject came up in conversation yesterday, and it made me realize I wasn't quite sure which retailers were leading the market of late. As things would have it, Nikkei just so happened to release related information this morning, so let me share with you a ranking of Japan's top 5 sporting goods specialty stores along with some other numbers.
If you're wondering about actual sales, Alpen leads with ¥168.9 billion. Xebio comes in second with ¥103.1 billion, followed by Sports Authority, Himaraya and Victoria with revenues of ¥68 billion, ¥32 billion and ¥28.4 billion yen, respectively. In terms of number of shops, the corresponding figures are 345, 132, 70, 63 and 61.
Alpen appears to not only be dominating in terms of sales and stores, they also grew year-on-year at 8%, which far outpaced the remaining top 5, all of which grew at less than half that rate (or recorded negative growth). However, Xebio can take some comfort in the fact that they bettered Alpen in pre-tax profitability (as a percentage of sales).