Gabel, the Italian producer of skiing, trekking and Nordic walking poles, reports an increase of about 20 percent in its order intake as of last month, compared with the same time a year ago. In the first two months of the year, its sales were up by 22 percent from a year earlier. For the full year of 2008, Gabel booked sales of €8.5 million, of which 34 percent came from ski poles, 48 percent from trekking poles and 18 percent from Nordic walking poles (more in the last issue of The Outdoor Industry Compass).