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According to recent sports sales statistics out of Germany, sales for December plummeted 12 percent compared to the previous year. The statistic is drawn from an ongoing survey of a representative group of sporting goods shops by the trade magazine sport+mode. The survey included 77 shops across the country. For the entire year, sales were down an average of 4 percent over the previous year, when shops had shown positive sales of 1.8 percent over the previous year, including a 5.5 percent increase in December.