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Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Relaunch of the ISPO.COM website

by Andi Spies

With the relaunch of ISPO.COM the new website becomes an information platform and contact point for all B2B and B2C sports business professionals. The ISPO NEWSBLOG that has been reporting on the latest sports industry news on a daily, weekly and monthly basis will now be part of ISPO.COM. With ISPO.COM sports business professionals that […]

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Friday, November 27th 2015

Swiss Intersport: Sales down, profits up

by Markus Huber

Intersport PSC Holding, the Swiss licensee of the global network of sporting goods retailers, has booked a drastic drop in sales for its financial year 2014-15 ended Sept. 30. In a preliminary note, the company said that the consolidated turnover fell by 18.8 percent compared with the previous year to 161.8 million Swiss francs (€148.9 […]

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Thursday, November 26th 2015

German fitness retailer acquires Scottish counterpart

by Markus Huber

Sport-Tiedje, Europe’s largest specialty retailer of fitness gear, according to its own information, with 30 outlets in Germany, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, has agreed to take over Powerhouse Fitness – a Scottish chain and online retailer in the same category. Powerhouse Fitness has been in the fitness equipment retail business since 1987 […]

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Wednesday, November 25th 2015

German Intersport hires third exec board member

by Markus Huber

Intersport Germany has now a third member of the executive board in charge of finances, logistics, controlling and IT. 39-year-old Hannes Rumer will take over his new role effective Dec. 1. The Austrian most recently served as managing director of Takko, a German price-driven retail chain of apparel where he steered finances, controlling and IT. […]

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Becoming manufacturers and on-street retailers: SurfStitch's founders Lex Pedersen (left) and Justin Cameron.

Wednesday, November 25th 2015

SurfStitch eyes brick-and-mortar retail

by Markus Huber

SurfStitch, the Australian online retailer of action sports goods, may have a boost in market capitalization to more than 500 million Australian dollars (€342 million). According to the Australian press, trading of the SurfStitch stock was suspended after the group announced the acquisition of Surf Hardware International, a manufacturer of boards and accessories, for AUD […]

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Wednesday, November 25th 2015

Karstadt’s Joachim Schröder – a bridge-builder between markets

by Markus Huber

It comes as no surprise that Joachim Schröder, Karstadt’s former director for sporting goods, who passed away on Nov. 10, was the second European (after Adi Dassler) to make it into the Hall of Fame of NSGA, the U.S. industry federation. He was responsible for bringing over American brands, which were little known in Europe […]

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Tuesday, November 24th 2015

Austrian Intersport posts healthy growth

by Markus Huber

Intersport Austria has reported a 6.5 percent increase in sales in its financial year ended Sept. 30. Total retail sales reached about €500 million for the Intersport stores in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The growth is due partly to positive developments in ski rental and urban outlets in Austria itself. The rental […]

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Friday, November 20th 2015

Karstadt: Joachim Schröder dies at 65

by Markus Huber

The long-time director in charge of sporting goods at Karstadt, the German department store chain, died unexpectedly on Nov. 10. Joachim Schröder was the mastermind behind the development of the specialty format Karstadt Sports which counted, at the end of his career, 29 doors. He left the group in 2002 for health reasons. During his […]

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Think big: a sketch of Zalando's new headquarters which will be operational by summer 2018.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015

Zalando to build Berlin mega base

by Markus Huber

Zalando, the large online retailer of shoes, fashion and sporting goods, has unveiled its plans to build a new large-scale headquarters in Berlin’s Friedrichshain area, just a few meters away from its current offices. The new headquarters is set to be inaugurated in 2018 and will comprise two buildings. The larger one has seven stories […]

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Tuesday, November 17th 2015

JD.com posts strong sales, but struggles with losses

by Markus Huber

Alibaba’s arch rival in the Chinese e-commerce business, JD.com, has posted impressive sales figures for the third quarter. Turnover grew by 52 percent to 44,11 billion yuan renminbi (€6.5 billion) over the prior year’s period. The net result was, however in the red at RMB 530.8 million (€78.0 million). In the third quarter of 2014, […]

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