Global Retail Sales at US$13.44 billion, Says World Golf Report

Representatives from Yano Research and Golf Datatech at the unveiling of the 2019 World Golf Report.

Orlando, Florida, United States: Golf Datatech, LLC, and Yano Research Institute Ltd, two of the golf industry’s leading independent research and data firms, have introduced World Golf Report 2019, the industry’s only global golf retail study.

The 2019 edition of the report, which marks the third overall edition, provides an in-depth global retail market summary based upon geography, size and economic significance of the now US$8.41 billion worldwide golf equipment market and the US$5.03 billion golf apparel market.

In 2015, Golf Datatech and Yano Research collaborated to introduce the golf industry’s first worldwide market report, a benchmark study designed to capture the true size and scope of the global golf retail market. Now in 2019, the companies have continued to update and expand the report, featuring a broader scope of data points while capturing more complete golf retail sales from around the globe.

“The alliance between Golf Datatech and Yano Research Institute continues to yield new data that speaks not only to the state of the worldwide equipment and apparel markets, but also provides trends and insights that can help companies better react to changes across worldwide marketplaces and adjust their business strategies,” said John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC.

“As with our previous edition, the 2019 World Golf Report continues to analyse all countries that have a significant golf footprint, providing a wealth of key information, including insights into the Top 10 golf markets, unit sales estimates by country and product line, countries with the most significant business growth and decline, and bonus coverage digging deeply into some of the world’s biggest markets, the US, Japan and the UK.”

Some of the top-level findings of the 2019 World Golf Report include the following:

   • The top five World Golf Markets: #1 United States; #2 Japan; #3 South Korea; #4 United Kingdom; #5 Canada
   • The US and Japan continues to control over 66% of the world golf equipment market
   • Korean golfers spend more per capita on their golf equipment and apparel than any other country

Key Findings … Equipment Sales

   • Total Golf Sales at Retail (Golf Equipment plus Golf Apparel): Equal US$13.44 billion; even with sales in 2014, which totalled $13.44 billion

   • Worldwide Retail Equipment Sales: Totalled US$8.41 billion in 2018, down 3.5% from US$8.72 billion in 2014, but up 4.1% from 2017 (US$8.08 billion)

   • The Four Largest Equipment Economies … the US, Japan, Korea and UK had some of the largest improvements versus last year, +5.4%, +5.1%, +4.3% and +4.5%, respectively. The largest increase came in Germany (+5.9%), which still remains the eighth largest equipment market in the world

Key Findings … Apparel Sales

   • 2018 Worldwide Golf Apparel Sales: Estimated at US$5.03 billion, an improvement of 6.4% versus 2014 and 1.3% from 2018

   • Korea, Germany and Japan all had substantial increases in Golf Apparel Sales, +6.4%, +5.0%, and +4.1% respectively

   • Worldwide Apparel sales for 2018 were up slightly (+1.8%), even though the world’s largest individual market (the US) was down 2%

Krzynowek added: “In 2015, the combined equipment and apparel industries had a sharp correction in sales when reported in US dollars, which were heavily influenced by currency considerations. However, the past three years we’ve seen some solid improvements, with sales increasing by 1.5%, 1.7% and 3.2% respectively, bringing total retail sales of equipment and apparel back to the same level as in 2014. 2018 sales were led by significantly stronger sales in golf clubs, and in particular in irons.”

Takashi Mizukoshi, President of Yano Research Institute Ltd, said: “This third edition of the World Golf Report is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the golf business around the world.

“Having accurate estimates of the various golf economies is critical to managing and developing business plans across the globe. We believe the World Golf Report provides our customers with great insights which they can use to better run their businesses, regardless of where they are or what products they sell.”

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