Globetrotter, the big German outdoor retail chain and mail-order retailer, has acquired a 25 percent stake in its Swiss counterpart, Transa Backpacking, the leader in Switzerland’s specialty outdoor retailing. Transa had sales of CHF 45 million (€30.3m-$40.3m) in 2008. The two retailers, which are already members of the Euro Family network, want to combine their know-how, manpower, purchase power, and back-office facilities (more in The Outdoor Industry Compass).