Intersport continues to expand in France, with sales up by nearly 2.5 percent to €1.1 billion in 2008. This has enabled Intersport to lift its market share in specialty retailing, but Intersport lost yet more ground to Décathlon, the French market leader, which grew at a pace of 3.9 percent. Intersport France’s 170 mountain resort stores achieved a sales increase of 3.8 percent to €95 million, while the other Intersport stores saw their sales rise by 2.9 percent to €941 million. This was entirely due to the growth of the retailer’s selling surface, which should increase by another 6 percent this year. On the other hand, average selling prices declined by 1.5 percent last year, and Intersport France’s comparable sales outside of the resorts were flat. Furthermore, the other banners belonging to the buying group, from Sport Leader to Shooz and Sport Expert, suffered a sales decline of 4.8 percent to €64 million. Separately, after the management upheavals of the last months, Intersport France has introduced a new model whereby the head of the supervisory board is also the company’s general manager. The identity of this dual manager should be discussed during Intersport France’s meeting later this week.