Intersport PSC Holding, the Swiss entity of the buying organization, improved significantly during the first half of its fiscal year, which ended March 31. Its net revenues increased by 12.2 percent to almost 172.8 million Swiss francs (€114.7m-$156.5m). Earnings before interest and taxes was up by 58.7 percent and reached CHF 3.3 million (€2.2m-$3.0m). The satisfactory figures were mainly influenced by a great winter in Switzerland; December and January were particularly successful, as well as the Easter business. The equity share of its own capital improved slightly from 65.3 to 65.75 percent. The group does not expect the financial crisis to have a major impact on the Swiss customers’ consumption in the current fiscal year. It is significant for the Swiss market, however, that the summer business traditionally is by far weaker than the winter business. During this summer, i.e. the second half of Intersport’s fiscal year, the retail organization expects a turnover of CHF 85 million (€56.4m-$77.0m), which is about the half of its winter sales. Intersport currently has 281 franchise and buying partners in the country. The affiliated retailers operate 383 doors and reach annual sales at retail prices after VAT of CHF 550 million (€365.0m-$498.2m). According to the group, this corresponds to a market share of 26 percent in Switzerland.