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Global athleisure market grows 42 per cent in last seven years

The performance sports apparel market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.3 per cent during 2015-20. The athleisure segment has seen a huge increase of 42 per cent over the last seven years and is predicted to grow another 30 per cent by 2020, especially in Asia and the US. In fact, US active wear apparel sales in 2016 were up 11 per cent from last year, far outperforming traditional apparel sectors.

From 2015-16, the Indian sportswear market grew 22 per cent, outpacing the segment’s global increase of seven per cent. By 2020, it is expected to grow at an additional 12 per cent CAGR. By 2018, Asia Pacific is expected to emerge the largest sports apparel market. While most international brands are already present in India, domestic start-up brands have made their mark.

Increased mass interest in active sports and outdoor leisure activities such as running, sailing, climbing, cycling, etc, has led to immense growth in consumption of textile materials needed for manufacturing active sports related goods and equipment. Meanwhile increasing disposable income and a surge in female participation in sports are major factors driving growth of world sports apparel market.