With annual sales of more than $5 billion, JD Sports Fashion is set to become the world's fourth-largest integrated sporting goods retailer, vastly improving its purchasing power with the likes of Nike, following a merger agreement reached on Sunday under which it will take over The Finish Line, a direct competitor of Foot Locker in the U.S. market. Their combination, which was announced yesterday, will come right after Decathlon, Dick's Sporting Goods and Foot Locker on our annual global retail chart, more or less on a par with another U.S. retailer, Academy Sports. Much more on this in Sporting Goods Intelligence Europe.