By David Dritsas
With an increase in volume of approximately 300 percent increase in volume and 25 new storefronts in 2004, dealer members of the NATM buying group have reason to feel good about 2005. At the group?s annual meeting Hollywood, Fla., NATM president/executive director, William Trawick spoke about it's dealers successes and challenges in the current CE retail climate.
"Everyone of our retailers opened stores last year," says Trawick, adding later, "Probably by the end of this year we'll make up what we lost from losing h.h.gregg and American TV." Though NATM's number of members has decreased in years, the group has made up ground within its ranks, through expansion. He expects 25 more new storefronts in 2005 and says that groups combined revenue in CE/appliance sales is near to $3 billion annually.