SGI Europe

Published since 1989, SGI Europe is the leading international business publication on the sporting goods market in Europe, focusing on brands, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers operating in this important region of the world. A minimum of 40 issues are published each year. On top of that a weekly industry round-up by Email.

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    Anta Sports publishes profit warning


    Amer Sports’ profitability is apparently improving faster than that of the rest of the Anta Sports Group. In a profit warning, Anta, which heads up the joint venture that took over the group two years ago, says it expects a decline in the losses of a joint venture, which we ...

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    Amnesty accuses China of crimes against humanity in Xinjiang


    Amnesty International has released a 160-page report titled Like We Were Enemies in a War: China’s Mass Internment, Torture and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang. Since 2017, Amnesty argues, Chinese authorities have been using “one of the world’s most sophisticated surveillance systems and a vast network of hundreds of grim ...

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    Goldwin sets new financial and sustainability targets


    Goldwin has laid out a plan to reach an annual turnover of 125 billion yen (€940m-$1.15bn) by the financial year ending in March 2026, up from 100 billion this year, while transitioning to 100 percent recycled and biosynthetic materials. The Japanese company, which markets 18 different brands in its home ...

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    New boss and new structures for Dachstein’s parent


    Juha Luhtanen, 51, became the new managing director of the Luhta Sportswear Company on May 4, taking the place of his older brother, Vesa Luhtanen, who has retired after many years at the helm of the Finnish-based family-owned company, previously known as the L-Fashion Group. The change of management has ...

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    Deckers grows in Q4, led by further expansion of Hoka One One


    Deckers Brands’ sales growth gained momentum in the fiscal fourth quarter, led by the continued global expansion of Hoka One One and a strong showing at its core Ugg brand. In the three months ended March 31, the group’s revenues increased by 49.7 percent to $561.2 million and were up ...

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    Adidas grows by almost 60% in the outdoor segment


    Adidas’ sales of outdoor products increased by nearly 60 percent in the first quarter of 2021 thanks to the new Terrex collection for fast trail running. Running and training were up by about 20 percent and more than 30 percent, respectively. Excluding Reebok, which is up for sale, Adidas’ sales ...

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    On Running said to be eyeing IPO again


    On, the Zurich-based sports brand backed by Roger Federer, publicly denied a report in a Swiss newspaper last July that it was planning to go public in 2021. Citing a source close to the matter, Reuters reported again on April 30 that On was making preparations for an initial public ...

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    Huski Wear becomes clothing partner of Team Sweden Alpine


    Huski Wear, a new Swedish skiwear brand, will replace Norwegian brand Helly Hansen as the apparel partner of Team Sweden Alpine, the Swedish alpine ski team, starting July 1. As part of the partnership, Huski Wear has committed to supporting the development of skiing among Swedish youth. Helly Hansen began ...

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    German Parliament wants to set new rules for Click&Meet and Click&Collect


    The German Bundestag has decided to raise the minimum threshold for non-essential retail Click&Meet services for counties or municipalities where 150 out of 100,000 residents are infected with Covid-19. If the incidence is higher for three consecutive days, only Click&Collect is possible. The Federal Council is scheduled to take a ...

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    Moody’s upgrades outlook for Amer Sports


    Providing some interesting figures on Amer Sports’ latest performance and some interesting projections, Moody’s has changed its outlook for the company from negative to stable. However, it maintained an overall B3 corporate rating on Amer’s debt, feeling that its credit metrics will remain weak over the next 12 to 18 ...

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    Lower losses in JD’s outdoor retail operations


    JD Sports Fashion Plc managed to report generally good results for the year ended Jan. 30, 2021, in spite of the impact from the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, “which have severely tested all aspects of the business,” the management said. The company’s profit before tax and exceptional items of £421.3 ...

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    Giovanni Zoppas appointed new CEO of Tecnica Group


    Giovanni Zoppas is returning to Tecnica Group as CEO and general manager, starting in May. Zoppas knows the group well as he is a member of its board of directors and worked as GM of its Nordica brand between 2003 and 2006, taking care of its reorganization after the group ...

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    Rocky Brands finalizes takeover of Honeywell's footwear business


    Rocky Brands has completed its $230 million acquisition of the performance and lifestyle footwear operations of Honeywell International, noting that it will be immediately accretive to its own results. The business, which includes The Original Muck Boot Company and the Xtratuf, Servus, NEOS Overshoe, Rocky and Ranger brands, generated Ebitda ...

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    Adidas ends 2020 with a small plus and presents new business plan with focus (also) on outdoor


    As reported in detail by our sister publication SGI Europe, the Adidas Group ended the year with a small sales increase of one percent in local currencies in the fourth quarter, despite a challenging environment, especially in Europe, the only market that suffered a sales decline. As currency headwinds persisted, ...

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    Garmont is open for acquisitions after entry of new majority shareholder


    Garmont International, the Italian outdoor and technical footwear brand, told our sister publication SGI Europe that after consistent strong growth in recent years due to the Covid 19 pandemic, it reported an unconsolidated sales decline of more than 15 percent to €14 million in 2020, but still posted a profit. ...

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    Germany extends lockdown; England eases the rules


    On March 3, the federal-state conference in Germany decided on how to further extend its present lockdown for non-essential retailer operations until March 28 to help fend off the Covid-19 virus. Like in the U.K., it will be phased out in stages, but retailers are furious, partly also because many ...

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    Wildberries launches in France, Italy and Spain


    After rolling out its online store in Germany in January, Russia’s biggest online retailer, Wildberries, has started to operate in France, Italy and Spain, with dedicated sites and mobile apps tailored to the local markets, the company said in a statement. The online retailer that first launched in 2004 currently ...