Australian retailing giant Harvey Norman has begun restructuring its latest acquisition, Rebel Sport.

Harvey Norman is expected to appoint a new managing director for Rebel Sport in the second week of August 2001. Meanwhile, as reported last Friday, three shareholders have resigned from the Rebel Sport board, clearing the way for the appointment of four Harvey Norman directors.

Analysts say Harvey Norman could consider bolt-on acquisitions for Rebel Sport, with potential targets including Sportsco, Footlocker, Rowe & Jarman Sports and Athlete's Foot Australia. They also say Rebel Sport could open stores in smaller regional centres under the Harvey Norman franchise model, and increase its number of superstores nationwide from 38 to 50.