The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has announced initial findings of its annual Sporting Goods Market 2001 report showing good news for several segments of the footwear industry. For the past five years, female purchases of athletic footwear has grown steadily in several channels of distribution: from nearly 38 per cent to more than 42 per cent in general full-line sporting goods stores; from nearly 47 per cent to just over 48 per cent in specialty athletic footwear stores; and from 41 per cent to 45.5 per cent in specialty sports shops.