The German-based Sport-Tiedje Group, which claims to be still Europe’s largest retailer for home fitness products, has reported a 55 percent sales increase to €203 million for last year, with growth in all European countries, as higher online revenues compensated for the partial closure of its 65 stores in the region. The company reported particularly strong demand during the Covid pandemic for products such as rowers, indoor bikes, benches, dumbbells and weights. Because of the standstill in Asian production during the first quarter of 2020 and the ensuing boom in container prices, the company has decided to get the weight plates sold under its own Taurus label made at a German foundry.