Sales of sports apparel, footwear and equipment in Germany climbed 1.7 per cent to 7.89 billion euro ($6.8bn) in 2001, the Federation of European Sporting Goods Retail Associations revealed on Thursday. The industry watchdog added turnover of the European sportswear sector rose 1.5 per cent to 35bn euros ($30.18bn) last year, compared to the year-ago period