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    Polygiene wants to merge with Addmaster


    Polygiene, the Swedish supplier of anti-viral solutions, is proposing the issue of new shares worth about 280 million Swedish kronor (€27.5m-$33.5m), subject to approval at an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting scheduled for Dec. 30, to help finance the acquisition of Addmaster Holdings , its U.K.-based supplier of anti-microbial additives for ...

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    New anti-Covid measures in Germany, Spain opens up


    In concert with the governments of the individual Länder, the federal government of Germany has ordered the lockdown of all the brick-and-mortar stores that sell non-essential products, starting on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Opticians and bike repair shops are mentioned among the few exceptions. The new restrictions came after a ...

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    The online sporting goods market skyrocketed in Russia in 2020


    In 2020, online sales of sporting goods in Russia jumped by a factor of 10 as compared to the previous year, according to a research company, OFD . Dumbbells, yoga and fitness mats, resistance bands, and treadmills were particularly popular among Russian customers. Coronavirus-related lockdowns drove a sharp growth in ...

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    Denmark extends Covid-related restrictions for retail and sports, but sports retailers are happy


    Danish sporting goods retailers indicate that their sales have been higher overall this year than in 2019 - in spite or because of the pandemic. Public authorities have encouraged people to practice sports, especially outdoors. As they have been saving money on anything except e-commerce, they are also said to ...

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    European sponsors bank on post-Covid recovery, but see a need for innovation


    A survey conducted by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) has shown that executives from across the European sponsorship industry are increasingly confident in the sector’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. The brands are most positive about the future. Rights holders and agencies, which have felt the most immediate impact ...

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    Italy and Andorra close their ski facilities for the holidays


    Governmental guidelines for the closure of ski facilities to prevent Covid-19 infections continue to go in different directions in Europe. On Dec. 3, the government of Andorra said that its facilities will remain closed until the beginning of January and that the exact date of their re-opening may vary depending ...

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    Adidas grants a Corona bonus to all employees


    Adidas has announced that it will give a Corona thank you bonus to all the members of its staff of about 60,000 employees around the world for Christmas. Regulations introduced by the German government will make the bonus free of taxes and social charges. The bonus will amount to ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    McKinsey makes recommendations to cope with Covid


    The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has pointed to an interesting series of proposals recently made by McKinsey Co. to help overcome the Covid-19 crisis and to make the most of the post-crisis recovery. We feel that decision-makers in our sector and others ...

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    Fesi publishes a Covid survey ahead of a conference in Brussels


    The European Commission was scheduled to organize a major conference on Nov. 17 about the recovery of the sports sector after the coronavirus crisis. The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (Fesi) said it hopes that its recommendations have been taken into account. It considers that sport and ...

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    Polygiene reformulates ViralOff to meet ISO antiviral standard


    Polygiene is launching a new formula of its ViralOff antiviral treatment with a guarantee for what it calls a “lifetime” of washes. The actual number of washes covered is 30. According to the company, which tested the product against the ISO18184:2019 standard, the new formula will rid a ...

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    Best quarter ever for Polygiene


    Polygiene reported its “best quarter ever,” with sales rising by 11.7 percent to 22.9 million Swedish kronor (€2.27m - $2.63m) and the gross margin rising by 0.5 percentage points to 70.4 percent, leading to a financial turnaround. The results led to a financial turnaround for the Swedish ingredient brand company, ...

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    Growing Zalando launches Connected Retail in more countries


    In releasing excellent results for the third quarter, Zalando announced the introduction of its Connected Retail program in Denmark, Finland and Norway on Nov. 1. As it did for a few months after its launch in Germany and the Netherlands, it is waiving all commissions for all partners using the ...

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    Bad timing for the new lockdowns in Europe


    More and more European governments are following the example of the Republic of Ireland, which ordered a six-week lockdown on the sale of non-essential goods at physical stores on Oct. 21 to help stem the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, which now has its epicenter in Europe, as in ...

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    Physical activity helps prevent coronavirus-related hospitalization, new study suggests


    Exercise has long been known to boost the immune system. A new study focusing specifically on Covid-19 has now found that maximal aerobic and cardiac capacity helps prevent hospitalization in Covid-19 cases. The study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Oct. 10, is entitled “Maximal Exercise Capacity is Inversely ...

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    WTO report examines IP in light of Covid


    The Covid-19 pandemic has led national and regional intellectual property (IP) offices to expedite certain procedures relating to the use of patented devices and copyrighted materials. The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has published a paper sketching the background of its fundamental IP deal – the ...

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    GfK: Contrasting consumer sentiment across Europe


    The second wave of the Covid-19 is beginning to stifle the previously expected recovery of the European economy, particularly for the consumption of non-essential products and services. Fortunately, it has not yet led to the retail lockdowns of the first wave in the spring – except in Wales and the ...