Originally published in the October 2010 print issue of Casual Living
2009 was a year most outdoor retailers would like to forget. Thatís the case across the board, including both specialty retailers and mass merchants. The recession and resulting difficult retail climate pulled down outdoor sales for the nationís largest big box retailers. Collectively, the Top 5 mass retailers, ranked on Casual Livingís exclusive list, posted 2009 outdoor furniture sales of $1.8 billion, down 5.3% from $1.9 billion in 2008.
Casual Livingís exclusive survey ranks the top five U.S. big box retailers by 2009 sales of outdoor furniture.
All outdoor furniture sales figures, except for publicly held companies that had reported line-of-business sales for outdoor furniture with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are Casual Living market research estimates. Sales figures and store counts, unless otherwise noted, are given for the 12-month period ending closest to December 31, 2009.
For this ranking, outdoor furniture includes outdoor dining sets, outdoor chairs, lounge chairs, conversation groups, umbrellas, outdoor tables, bar tables, bistro sets, hammocks, benches, swings/gliders and outdoor storage units, including bakerís racks. Estimates do not include sales from grills, outdoor lighting and/or outdoor accessories.
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