I'm really offended! I NEED my hiking gear, UNDERSTAND? :) All my hiking gear together wouldn't buy a nice sailboat winch.
My first impression was that electronics have added to these numbers. Ipods, smart phones, digital cameras, laptops and tablets are big.
From my personal experience, the boating market is as damaged as real estate. If you have cash, there are bargains to be had. $4/gallon gas won't improve the power boat market--- or the RV industry.
Americans buy a lot of CRAP--- cheap stuff that doesn't last, quantity over quality. There are thrift stores overflowing with this stuff and I don't want to think about what has headed to the landfill. I worked in electronics recycling for three years and what I saw scared me.
What really amazes me is that we throw away the good stuff! At this moment, I am writing on a computer completely assembled from recycled parts (and running Linux). I'm sitting in a recycled office chair and wearing Crocs, Columbia Titanium zip-offs, an Ex Officio base layer tee and an LL Bean down vest, all gleaned from local thrift stores and purchased for 10 cents on the dollar.