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    Intersport embarks in retail media in Germany


    After two years of preparation, Intersport Germany has launched a new retail media service that allows brands from inside and outside the sporting goods industry to advertise themselves through the offline and online channels of some of its affiliated retail members. The clients will benefit from this new ...

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    Italy’s sporting goods industry maps out its digitalization


    Two-thirds of the Italian manufacturers of sporting goods have invested in their digital transformation or are doing that now to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. Only 16 percent of them have not done it or have no plans to do it, generally because they cannot find the right skilled people ...

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    Updated: Austrian ski facilities will re-open on Dec. 24, little clarity elsewhere


    The Austrian government is allowing the country’s operators of ski facilities to re-open them on Dec. 24, in contrast with a ban ordered by the German, Bavarian and French governments. Their drastic measures are in principle supported by the Italian government, in response to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’ s call ...

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    Rapala rolls out 13 Fishing to over 25 countries


    Rapala VMS Corporation , the Finnish producer of fishing lures, equipment and tools, has started the international roll-out of an American brand for recreational fishing, 13 Fishing . In July, Rapala acquired 49 percent of the share capital of DQC International Corp ., the Florida-based company ...

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    Nike and others lobby against Xinjiang labor bill in U.S.


    According to the New York Times , Nike – along with Apple , Coca-Cola and other large companies – has been lobbying the U.S. Congress to soften some of the provisions of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act , which is not yet the law of the land ...

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    China Dongxiang sees profits surge due to Japan sale


    The sale of the Japanese Kappa trademark lifted China Dongxiang ’s profits for the six-month period ended in Sept. 2020, which rose to 1,116 million yuan renminbi (€140.6m-$170.0m), up from RMB 188 million for the year-ago period. On the other hand, the company’s gross margin contracted ...

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    Debenhams may collapse as JD terminates rescue talks


    Department store chains are having a hard time these days, as shown for example by the recent reorganization of the Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof chains in Germany after their phased takeover by Signa Retail . Debenhams , the oldest one in the U.K., is now winding up operations ...

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    ANWR and GKK support a German buy-local campaign


    While physical stores are still open in Germany, with some restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, statistics show that customer traffic has declined dramatically in city centers, threatening the survival of many retailers. As in the U.K. and other countries, many customers are preferring to order products online for the ...

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    Revo partners with Bode Miller


    Bode Miller , the most decorated American skier in history, has agreed to a long-term partnership with Revo , the 35-year-old brand of high-performance sunglasses, which has just come out with a new co-branded capsule collection of high-performance snow goggles. Miller, who previously wore various brands of ski goggles without ...

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    Poland’s Martes launches offline


    The Martes Sport Capital Group , the leading sporting goods retailer in Poland, opened its first brick-and-mortar store on Saturday, Nov. 28, complementing its two-year-old web store by the same name. The company said the customers’ initial feedback was positive. Martes had planned to launch the new ...

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    Sportmaster exits China, while expanding west


    The leading Russian sporting goods retailer, Sportmaster , has completely stopped operating in China, says Ilya Titarenko , distribution director of the comany, in discussing with us the company’s expansion outside its core market in the former Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan most recently. Back in 2014 , Sportmaster ...

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    Fishing equipment market to grow by 4% CAGR in 2021-2027


    According to a new report by Allied Market Research , a market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics , the global fishing equipment market will grow by a compound average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4 percent from 2021 to 2027, reaching $16.10 billion by 2027. The emergence ...

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    WHO issues tougher physical activity guidelines


    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new version of its recommendations on the amount of physical activity that is required to offer significant health benefits and mitigate health risks. According to the agency, four out of five adolescents and one out of four adults are not practicing enough ...

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    Germany calls for a European stance on ski tourism


    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for a joint decision by the member countries of the European Union to keep their ski resorts closed until at least the end of the year, in order to minimize contamination from Covid-19 among skiers, but she has some opponents. She has the ...

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    A shorter retail lockdown will benefit the trade


    Fortunately for European sporting goods retailers, the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic appears so far to have been more manageable, leading some governments to relax a ban on sales of non-essential products in physical stores after only about one month of enforcement – a lot less than during the ...

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    Few sports brands in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index


    Sustainability has become an increasingly important issue in the sporting goods sector. However, after being on the list for 20 consecutive years, Adidas is absent from this year’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) . The annual DJSI, which has reached its 21st edition, assesses the sustainability performance of the ...

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    Big swings in the European sports retailers’ market shares


    The overall consumption of sporting goods accelerated in Western Europe in 2019, posting increases of 4.0 percent in euros and 3.6 percent in local currencies, according to an annual study by SGI Europe . This can be compared with the increases of 2.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respetively, that we ...

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    EU issues a new IP Action Plan, Fesi wants more


    The European Commission has adopted a new Intellectual Property (IP) Action Plan to help fight against counterfeiting which includes the establishment of a new EU Toolbox against these practices. The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (Fesi) welcomes the initiative as “a good first step,” but feels ...

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    Tradeinn thrives, partners with Klarna


    Tradeinn has signed a deal with Klarna – the online payment platform founded in Sweden and now headquartered in Ohio – to offer an installment plan (in three payments) to customers who wish to make big purchases on its websites. To promote its sales further, Tradeinn will be offering a ...

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    Arc’teryx opens first Icon Store with flexible DTC services


    Arc’teryx has launched a new retail store concept called The Icon Store . The first store was opened in Walnut Creek, California, on Nov. 12 with 77 square meters of floor space, inspired “by wood-frame backcountry huts.” The compact store is designed to streamline the shopping experience by showcasing ...