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    Leading sports equipment brands 2021


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    Dunlop Sports exceeds expectations in Q1


    Sales of Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ sports brands improved 27 percent in the first quarter, from 23,327 million Yen to ¥29,685 million (€219.85m), resulting in an operating profit of ¥3,980 million (€29.48m), up 61 percent from ¥2,468 million a year earlier. The group’s golf brands – Dunlop, Srixon and Cleveland – ...

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    Sumitomo with brand realignment in North America


    In a global alignment strategy, the sports business for Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) will be affiliated under the Dunlop brand umbrella. Roger Cleveland Golf Company, which is SRI’s North American sales company, currently operating as Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO, will now be doing business as Dunlop Sports Americas. Based in Kobe, Japan, ...

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    ​Dunlop partners with Tennis Europe


    Tennis Europe and Dunlop have signed a comprehensive partnership deal recognizing the manufacturer as the main equipment sponsor of the European Tennis Federation. The four-year agreement, beginning April 1, marks the beginning of a long-term relationship between the two organizations during which Dunlop and its range of products, including K-Swiss ...

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    Dunlop posts double-digit growth in Q4


    Sumitomo Rubber’s Dunlop Sports business, which includes the Srixon, Cleveland and XXIO brands of tennis, squash, padel and golf products, reported a 29 percent increase in operating profit to 1.44 billion yen (€11.0m) from ¥1.12 billion, on fourth-quarter sales growth of 24 percent to ¥25.33 billion (€193.5m) from ¥20.46 billion. ...

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    Dunlop becomes Slinger’s official ball provider


    Dunlop has signed a four-year deal to become the official ball provider worldwide for Slinger Bag and will be co-branding some of its tennis balls with Slinger, starting with two high-performance products, the Fort TR Plus x Slinger and the pressureless Fort Xtra Life x Slinger. The products come with ...

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    Big gains at Dunlop Sports


    Sumitomo Rubber’s sports business continued to improve in the third quarter, generating a 58 percent boost in operating income to 1,646 million yen (€12.6m-$15.0m) on 24 percent higher revenues of ¥24.7 billion (€188.7m-$224.0m). Dunlop Sports’ sales of golf equipment went up in all major markets, driven by higher participation numbers, ...

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    Sumitomo’s sports revenues more than double


    Sales grew by 225 percent to ¥28.1 billion (€220m-$257m) during the second quarter ended June 30 for the sports division of Sumitomo Rubber, which includes the Dunlop, Srixon and XXIO brands of tennis and golf products. The higher revenues led the division to post a profit of ¥3,050 million (€23.7m-$27.9m) ...

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    Some more Japanese brands are turning the corner


    Besides Asics, Mizuno and Goldwin, whose latest results have already been covered, some other Japanese companies have reported better results for the three months of 2021. The foreign exchange impact was slight. For one of them, Yonex, this was insufficient to record an improvement for the full financial year, however. ...

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    Dunlop’s parent sees weak sports sales


    Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ sports division, which includes Dunlop, Srixon and XXIO, saw its revenues fall by 9 percent in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 to ¥20.5 billion (€160.3-$195.8m). The segment’s operating profit reached ¥1.1 billion (€8.6m-$10.7m), down from a profit of ¥2.0 billion last year. Golf and tennis sales ...

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    Sumitomo raises guidance for its sports division


    Sumitomo Rubber Industries ’ sports division bounced back from a poor second quarter, posting an operating profit of ¥1,041 million (€8.4m-$9.9m) in the third quarter, against a loss of ¥519 million (€4.2m-$4.9m) in the year-ago period. Sales in the sports division, which includes brands such as Srixon , XXIO ...

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    Slinger Bag teams up with Dunlop in Europe


    Slinger Bag has announced a landmark deal for its game-changing tennis ball launcher with Dunlop , appointing the Sumitomo Rubber subsidiary as its exclusive distributor for several years in France, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Benelux countries, Spain and Portugal. With this distribution contract, which will essentially double ...

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    Dunlop sees lower profits and ends with a loss


    Sumitomo Rubber Industries reported an operating loss of 2,505 million yen (€19.9m-$23.5m) for its sports segment in the second quarter, compares with a profit of ¥1,945 million for the second quarter of 2019. The revenues of its sports segment, which includes the global operations of Dunlop, Srixon and XXIO, dropped ...