Out of the Gym, into the Street, Sports Apparel Has Become a Big, Growing Business, Says Investment Report

LOS ANGELES & MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sports apparel is no longer confined to gyms. In fact, leisure apparel,

especially for women, and increasingly for teenagers, has become one of

the hottest lines in the garment industry.

Last year, the nation's specialty and

department stores rang up U.S. retail sales of sports apparel totaling

$43.7 billion, representing 22.8% of the overall clothing market, and

increasing 5.6% from 2005, a 40% faster improvement than the.