Hunting and firearms top NSGA report.

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Hunting and firearms posted the largest increase in sales during 2008, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Among the association's equipment categories with sales of more than $1 billion in 2008, "Hunting & Firearms" showed the greatest percentage increase. Sales of hunting and firearms equipment rose 16 percent to $4.6 billion from $3.9 billion in 2007. Only "Paintball Guns/Packages" declined in this category.

"In spite of a 16-percent surge in shooting sports equipment, retail sales of sporting goods (footwear, clothing and equipment), which reached a record $53.5 billion in 2007, fell 1 percent in 2008," NSGA...

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