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Producer Price Indexes

Producer Price Indexes Introduced for Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers—NAICS 713940

To expand coverage of the service sector in the Producer Price Index (PPI), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) introduced new price indexes for fitness and recreational sports centers—North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 713940—in July 2005. Data for these indexes, which date back to December 2004, will appear in table 5 of the PPI Detailed Report and are available online through the BLS website.

This is the first PPI to be published for amusement, gambling, and recreation industries—NAICS 713. In this subsector, businesses may operate facilities at which patrons primarily engage in sports, recreation, amusement, or gambling activities. Alternatively, businesses in this subsector may provide other amusement and recreation services, such as supplying and servicing amusement devices in places of business operated by others; operating sports teams, clubs, or leagues that play games for recreational purposes; and guiding tours without using transportation equipment.

NAICS 713940 includes establishments primarily engaged in operating fitness and recreational sports facilities featuring exercise and other recreational sports activities, such as swimming, skating, and racket sports. Establishments can be classified as either government (public) facilities or nongovernmental (private, for-profit or nonprofit) facilities. Public facilities, however, must have measurable economic transactions to be included.

The services for which indexes are available include the following:

  • Memberships
  • Admissions, classes, and other fitness center services.

To permit the tracking of changes in prices for memberships, companies report the annual, monthly, or weekly fees paid for access to facilities or services during a specific contract term by a specific type of member. Membership types include adult, family, and corporate, and prices are tracked both for new memberships and for membership renewals. To permit the tracking of changes in prices for facility admissions, classes such as aerobics, equipment rental, and self-improvement services such as tanning and massage, companies report flat-fee-per-use prices. Fitness centers that offer fee-per-use classes are included in this industry if the plurality of their revenue is generated from memberships and facility admissions, not classes. Establishments that primarily provide classes are included in educational services—NAICS 611.


Last Modified Date: January 3, 2006