However, we believe that it’s important to report on the trends and shifts in consumer mindset that we’ve watched unfold throughout 2020 so that you’ve got all the information to hand, to inform your strategic decisions.
With this in mind, we are delighted to highlight the incredible wins that the sports retail sector have achieved throughout the course of this year.
Between 2017 and 18 our sports retailers saw a 14% revenue increase, and similarly, an 11% increase between 2018 and 19. When compared to the same time period in 2019, Visualsoft Sport and Outdoor retailers have already achieved a staggering 36% growth.
When the UK was initially put into lockdown and we anticipated being stuck indoors for a ‘lengthy’ three weeks, working out was not a main priority. However, as we learned that we’d actually be under restriction for a lot longer than initially expected with gyms remaining closed, we began to reprioritise our physical health - joining in with Joe Wicks’ PE classes with our kids, ordering at-home equipment and indulging in the simple pleasure of our once-daily permitted walk.
There’s no denying it has been a stressful few months and there are few people who would claim their mental wellbeing hasn’t been challenged to some degree. We saw a shift in consumer mindset, as the UK began to really make the most of those endorphins to help them through the uncertain period. 65% of adults stated that exercise helped them manage their mental health during the challenging and uncertain times, as reported by Sport England.
Business focused global media website, Forbes, reported a 300% increase in Les Mills gym equipment in just 10 weeks, with Yahoo Finance communicating a 4,130% increase in sales of weight benches and a 2,311% increase in exercise bikes.
Since the gyms re-opened on the 25th July, we witnessed a predictable decline in revenue spent on sports equipment. However, it’s not all doom and gloom - since the gyms re-opened their doors, our sport retail clients have still seen an average of 28% growth compared to the previous year.
As demonstrated by the previous graph, we’re also heading towards the seasonal peak as our retailers prepare for the annual ‘new year, new me’ consumer mindset that returns in a cyclical fashion every year, meaning Visualsoft sports retail clients are well on track to not only achieve but surpass all goals for 2020.
Additionally, as we creep into the colder months where colds and flu are rife, it's likely that we will continue to be subjected to certain levels of restrictions to limit the impacts of the virus - indicating that sports retailers are hurtling towards their biggest Q4 yet as consumers continue to try and maintain their physical and mental health from home.
Actions sports retailers can take to secure the win this Q4:
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