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Skate Industry Statistics

Roller skate and inline skate industry sales and participation statistics.

Number of Inline Skaters in the United States
According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association the number people in the United States who inline skated at least once in a year dropped more then 50% during the 7 years between 1998 and 2004. here are the SGMA number of participating skaters for the last 5 years:
  • 1998 = 32 million skaters
  • 1999 - 28 million skaters
  • 2000 - 29 million skaters
  • 2001 - 26 million skaters
  • 2002 - 22 million skaters
  • 2003 - 19 million skaters
  • 2004 - 17 million skaters
    (source: Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association)

    Statistics from Sports Tracking Europe
    According to "Sports Tracking Europe" inline skating and snowboarding, which took Germany by storm in 1996, have lost their appeal in that country. Sales of inline skates reached an all-time high of nearly four million pairs in 1996, however, the combined sales of the skates in 1997 and 1998 totalled only 3.5 million pairs.



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