Sources at Intersport International deny a report that Mercator, the large Slovenian retail group that holds the Intersport license for several countries in the region, has taken over control of Alpina International, the large Slovenian supplier of shoes and cross-country ski boots. Alpina has apparently changed hands, but the new controlling shareholder is a company with a slightly different name that is not related to Mercator. On the other hand, a report that Intersport France has signed a deal with another French buying group, Twinner, is apparently correct, but the details could not be learnt at the time of going to press.