News about retail within the Sporting Goods industry supply chain

No change planned in JD’s top management


In response to our inquiry, a spokesman for JD Sports Fashion denied a report in The Sunday Times that Peter Cowgill, the company’s dynamic executive chairman and CEO, was planning to step down from its day-to-day functions, hiring a CEO to help manage the group’s growing range of operations. He ...

  • JD buys a small meanswear retailer


    JD Sports Fashion has acquired Oi Polloi, an upscale casual menswear store in Manchester, and its online shop. Founded in 2002, the retailer offers clothing under its own label as well as brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Converse, Keen, Patagonia, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Superga, Levi’s, Stone Island and Armor Lux. ...

  • German retail lockdown measures set through June 30


    German legislation that imposes new limits on the opening of schools and non-essential retail stores, including sports shops, passed the Senate on Thursday, April 22. Already approved by the lower house of the German Parliament, the bill became law on Friday after being signed by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

  • German retailers get cheap Covid tests from the GMS buying group


    Since April 20, German employers are obliged to offer regular Covid-19 tests to staff members who are not working remotely from their homes. To enable its affiliated shoe and sports retailers to meet this obligation, the German-based GMS buying group is supplying its members with inexpensive rapid tests. To date, ...

  • Foreign sports retailers dominate on Facebook in Spain


    CMDsport has published a report on the social-media presence of the top purveyors of sporting goods and sportswear in Spain. The top platform is Facebook, followed by Instagram and Twitter, and on Facebook the top chain, by a large margin, is JD Sports, with 3.47 million followers. JD is the ...

  • The latest statistics and forecasts for online retailing


    In 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic led revenues from e-commerce to exceed the €100 billion threshold for the first time in the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, according to BEVH, the German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association. Orders averaging €1,000 were placed by customers in ...

  • New line brings ViralOff to retail customers


    An Italian company called Colors has channeled Polygiene’s ViralOff antimicrobial treatment into a line of products for retail customers. The Regenesis ViralOff Trigger Shield line of sprays and other products works on soft surfaces, hard surfaces and fabrics. It also meets the same ISO standards as regular ViralOff – eliminating ...

  • Frasers acquires retail park near Manchester


    Frasers Group has acquired the estate of the Robin Retail Park in the town of Wigan, just outside Manchester in the U.K. The terms of the sale have not been disclosed. According to Drapers, however, Otium Real Estate paid £12 million (€14m-$17m) for the property in March 2020. Among the ...

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    Europe’s patchwork of Corona regulations for retailers

    2021-03-25T13:21:00+00:00By by Susanne Kern

    Daily changes to local Corona safety regulations for retail stores make it difficult to stay on top of things as the pandemic situation heats up again in most European countries. Here is an overview (as of March 25, subject to change and with regional variations) of the status of so-called ...

  • Yue Yuen posts losses despite retail rebound


    Although China is resisting the pandemic much better than other markets, Yue Yen Industrial Holdings ended 2020 in the red, hampered by the global decline in the demand for shoes, especially in the casual segment. The company was strongly impacted by government measures to contain the spread of the disease ...

  • Decathlon plans to work with more online marketplaces in Russia


    Decathlon is set to begin selling sporting goods through several online marketplaces in Russia as part of an expansion of its online sales activities, according to the local Retail news service, which quoted Julia Goroshenya, development director of Decathlon in Russia. Decathlon has already worked successfully with Russia’s second-largest online ...

  • A new trade body in the U.K. to support digital retail


    Six major U.K.-based e-tailers – Asos, Boohoo, Gymshark, the Ocado Group, AO World and The Hut Group (THG) – have launched the UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA), a new trade body to support the fast-growing e-commerce sector. The new association will back the digital commerce sector while also supporting brick-and-mortar ...

  • Padel Nuestro to double its international retail footprint


    According to Diffusion Sport, Padel Nuestro intends to more than double its retail footprint in the padel tennis market. To its existing 35 points of sale, the Spanish group plans to add 12 own stores, six franchises and 20 Padel Nuestro Express shops. If all goes well, the endeavor should ...

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    Outdoor Retailer Summer Market moves from June to August


    Emerald Expositions has announced that Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2021 has been moved from its original date of June 15-17 to Aug. 10-12 as a physical trade show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, with a digital extension for exhibitors and attendees unable to attend in person. The date ...

  • Frasers takes a hit with English retail lockdown due to end on Apr. 12


    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that non-essential retail stores may reopen in England on April 12 after having been closed since Jan. 4 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms are also due to reopen on that date. Like in other countries, ...

  • Adidas joins the Fur Free Retailer program


    Adidas has joined the Fur Free Retailer program, an international initiative of the Fur Free Alliance that aims to encourage companies to go fur-free. Adidas currently does not sell products made of animal fur, but the brand has nevertheless pledged to permanently renounce fur in order to underline its commitment ...

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    The latest on Nike’s presence on Lidl’s marketplaces


    Some Nike products are being offered on the German and Spanish marketplaces of LIdl, one of the largest low-cost grocery retailers in Europe, raising some eyebrows. However, Nike released the following statement in reaction to a a report in the Spanish pres: ”Lidl is not a partner in Nike’s marketplace ...

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    Nike products are sold on Lidl’s marketplaces in Germany and Spain


    Nike has released the following statement in reaction to an article published on our website on Feb. 15: ”Lidl is not a partner in Nike’s marketplace strategy and we are not selling product to their business.” A spokeman for Nike would not say, however, whether it is in litigation with ...

  • Speedo partners with a Finnish retailer to promote swimming


    Acting in cooperation with a Finnish retail member of Intersport, Speedo has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with the Finnish Swimming Association. As part of the agreement, Intersport Sello will launch two online stores, one for active swimmers and other for recreational swimmers. The aim is to develop the position ...

  • Heyconnect is helping Fila with German marketplaces


    Fila is entering the German marketplace business through Heyconnect, a start-up in Hamburg that helps brands establish an online presence. Heyconnect will be serving as the sports brand’s hub for the marketplace business, logistics, partner management and brand development in the country. Fila’s German foray is beginning with the e-tail ...

  • New retail initiatives by VDS, Internetstores and Intersport


    Triggering new initiatives, the retail sector has been reinventing itself in Germany following the retail lockdowns ordered by government authorities to minimize contamination from the Covid-19 virus. A couple of interesting examples were presented during the workshops and conferences given as part of the new ISPO Munich Online event.

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    Pentland Connect cross-brand ordering platform attracts 1,200 retailers


    With online shopping picking up during the coronavirus pandemic and retailers adapting to an unpredictable retail climate, Pentland Brands has expanded its B2B online offering through its Pentland Connect platform for retail clients. Retailers can now order products from across the brand’s portfolio 24/7. According to the group, since its ...

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    Intersport’s global retail sales fell by 9% in 2020


    Intersport International Corp. (IIC) reports a drop of around 9 percent on a currency-neutral and store-adjusted basis in its members’ retail sales across the world during 2020, but expects a rebound in the spring. In terms of euros and with The Athlete’s Foot (TAF) excluded, total retail sales fell by ...

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    Boohoo, Asos make moves on major U.K. retail assets


    Boohoo, the growing British online fast-fashion retailer has acquired the intellectual property assets of Debenhams, the oldest and biggest department store in the U.K., for £55 million (€75.3m-$69.1m) in cash, plus value-added tax. The takeover includes Debenhams’ big internet marketplace with the related customer data, contracts and other business information, ...

  • Germany gives more aid to retailers affected by the extended lockdown


    As expected, the German government has agreed with the federal states on a further extension of a lockdown for retailers that sell non-essential products until Feb. 14. In response to requests made by fashion and sports retailers that are heavily dependent on the sale of winter products, especially seasonal clothing ...

  • Updated: Isn’t sports retailing an “essential” category?


    The German government is widely expected to announce an extension of its lockdown for retailers of “non-essential” items as well as fitness studios and restaurants through Feb. 14, according to leading German media. The second German lockdown started on Dec. 16 and was supposed to end on Jan. 11, but ...

  • EU updates supplier/wholesaler/retailer regulations


    The European Commission is sounding out companies involved in the sale and distribution of consumer goods and their trade associations to provide input for the reform of a set of guidelines governing dealings between suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. First issued in 2010 and called the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation – ...

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    Schöffel launches digital brand experience for retailers


    Building up on the positive experience gained through its international online sales meeting last May, Schöffel has opened a “Digital Brand Space,” making its entire brand world a virtual experience that will be developing all year ’round. The German sports apparel company’s retail partners can enter the digital, three-dimensional space ...

  • Switzerland joins the retail lockdown


    Joining Germany and Austria, the Swiss government has ordered the closure of all non-essential physical shops, starting on Monday, Jan. 18. The Swiss ban will last through the end of February, affecting all kinds of sports shops, many of which work a lot with winter sports. However, many Swiss ski ...

  • Sports retailers scored better than other specialty retailers in France


    Going through two Covid-related lockdowns, French specialty retailers saw their sales decline on average by 18 percent in 2020, although their online turnover jumped by 80 percent for the year, including a growth of 85 percent in December, according to their trade association, Procos. Shoe retailers suffered the biggest losses ...

  • German winter sports retailers ask for special government aid


    Rainer Angstl, the manager of Sport Schuster in Munich, and the managing directors of more than 170 other German sports retailers that depend heavily on the winter sports business have signed an open letter to the federal government, asking for subsidies based on the monthly gross profits that they are ...

  • Intersport retailer makes a fuss over the newly extended German retail lockdown


    After a consultation with the state governments, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Jan. 5 that a nationwide retail lockdown for the sale of non-essential goods will be prolonged until Jan. 31 because of the ongoing high level of contaminations from the Covid-19 virus. It started on Dec. 16 and ...

  • Sports & outdoor retail rose by 7.2% in the U.K. in 2020


    Sports and outdoor retailers survived the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.K. last year. Spending on their products rose by 7.2 percent, according to Barclaycard, which noted in particular the boom in home fitness while gyms were closed. Home improvement items and furniture scored similar increases. In contrast, general clothing contracted ...

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    E-tailers and fewer ski resorts escape new anti-Covid measures


    Frasers Group, the parent company of the Sports Direct chain, was the first major retailer in the U.K. to withdraw its guidance for its current financial year after the government, on Dec. 19, ordered the shutdown of all stores selling non-essential products in London and Eastern and Southeastern England. They ...

  • Sport 2000 Gigasport is Sports Retailer of the Year in Austria


    Sport 2000 Austria is delighted that two of its retail members are among the three winners of this year’s Austrian sports business award, Victor. First place went to Sport 2000 Gigasport, with Bründl Sports, a former Intersport member located in Kaprun, coming in second. Sport 2000 Simon from Saalfelden made ...

  • Burton is paying sales commissions to wholesalers and retailers


    According to Boardsport Source, Burton has initiated in certain European countries a pilot version of the “Sales Incentive Program” it has set up in the U.S. Employees at its wholesale partners in in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are receiving a commission, or “cash bonus,” on the sale of Burton x ...

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    The Spanish Sports Retail Market


    This interactive chart shows the largest spanish sports retailers by revenue, total market size 2019, market shares and revenue development vs the previous year. This chart can be downloaded as JPG, PNG or PDF.

  • 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 ...

  • Runners Need plans further retail expansion


    Runners Need will be opening 10 stores in 2021. The British retailer has opened nine stores this year – in Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Kingston Upon Thames, South Cerney, Chester, Brighton and London’s Covent Garden and Islington – and now operates 43. It has also recently enjoyed its best e-commerce sales, ...

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    The German Sports Retail Market


    This interactive chart shows the largest german sports retailers by revenue, total market size 2019, market shares and revenue development vs the previous year. This chart can be downloaded as JPG, PNG or PDF.

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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.

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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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    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 had ...

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