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Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 28 Mar 08

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.


BRAZIL: Adidas and Vulcabras in new Reebok JV just-style.com | 25 Mar 08

The Adidas Group has signed a deal with local operator Vulcabras to establish a joint venture to distribute Reebok products in Brazil and Paraguay.


Top stories on just-style this week... just-style.com | 7 Mar 08

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.


GERMANY: Adidas FY profit up 14% despite Reebok sales slide just-style.com | 5 Mar 08

Full-year profit at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group increased 14% to EUR551m (US$838.7m), even though like-for-like sales of its Reebok brand fell 5% during the year.


US: TaylorMade-Adidas Golf sells Maxfli trademark just-style.com | 18 Feb 08

Adidas Group subsidiary TaylorMade-Adidas Golf has sold its Maxfli and related trademarks to retailer Dick's Sporting Goods.


ITALY: Adidas extends AC Milan sponsorship just-style.com | 15 Jan 08

Adidas and Italian football club AC Milan have announced the extension of their sponsorship deal until the end of 2017.


Top stories on just-style this year... just-style.com | 21 Dec 07

Here is a list of the top ten stories published on just-style during the past year. To read the stories in full, please click on the headlines.


US: Mitchell & Ness acquired by Adidas division just-style.com | 12 Nov 07

Vintage sportswear specialist Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company has been bought by The Sports Licensed Division (SLD), part of the Adidas Group, for an undisclosed sum.


GERMANY: Adidas income rises 22% in third quarter just-style.com | 8 Nov 07

Sporting goods behemoth Adidas Group has posted a 22% increase in net income for the third quarter to EUR298m (US$437m), attributed to higher operating profit and lower net financial expenses, including those linked to the integration of the Reebok brand.


US: O’Toole appointed Reebok North America president just-style.com | 26 Oct 07

Reebok International has appointed Matt O’Toole as president of Reebok North America, the brand’s largest business unit.


ANALYSIS: Has Nike struck gold with Umbro bid? just-style.com | 25 Oct 07

Nike has high hopes for Umbro. The world’s leading sports brand targets football as a key growth category, and its US$582m bid for Umbro will undoubtedly shake up the sportswear sector. Joe Ayling looks at how the synergies between the two companies stack up.


UK: Umbro confirms bid approach but Nike stays silent just-style.com | 19 Oct 07

Leading UK soccer kit brand Umbro has confirmed it is the subject of a takeover approach, with rumours suggesting Nike is a likely buyer and that retailer Sports Direct is also in the picture.


US: Adidas relocates some of its Reebok functions just-style.com | 3 Oct 07

The Adidas Group is relocating some of the Reebok functions located at its Reebok world headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts to new Adidas Group facilities under construction in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


UK: Adidas named sportswear sponsor of London Olympics just-style.com | 20 Sep 07

Adidas Group has confirmed it is to become the ‘Official Sportswear Partner' of the London 2012 Olympics, with the $201m deal the biggest single investment that the German sportswear group has ever put into a UK sporting event.


GERMANY: Adidas linked to London 2012 sponsorship just-style.com | 18 Sep 07

Adidas Group is likely to be announced as an official sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics this week, local papers say.


UK: Sports Direct ups investments in Umbro and Adidas just-style.com | 11 Sep 07

UK sportswear chain Sports Direct International has increased investments in two of the major brands it stocks, Adidas and Umbro, as it awaits shareholder approval for its Everlast merger later this month.


GERMANY: Adidas in talks with DFB over soccer settlement just-style.com | 17 Aug 07

Adidas Group has started discussions to try to reach a settlement with The German Football Association (DFB) over the length of Adidas' supply deal.


GERMANY: Adidas net income jumps without Reebok integration costs just-style.com | 8 Aug 07

Adidas Group has reported a 27% increase in net income for the second quarter, with integration costs for Reebok behind the German company and synergies in place.


GERMANY: Adidas out of the blocks in Beijing just-style.com | 1 Aug 07

Sporting goods company Adidas Group will open its largest ever store next year, in China, to coincide with the Beijing 2008 Olympics.


UK: Sports Direct invests GBP48.15m in Adidas just-style.com | 27 Jul 07

Sporting goods retailer Sports Direct has invested GBP48.15m (US$97.77m) on a stake in Adidas Group, two months after its founder Mike Ashley sold his own 3.14% stake in the German company.


US: Court rules Adidas cannot sell kangaroo leather shoes just-style.com | 24 Jul 07

The Supreme Court of California has reversed a Court of Appeal judgement over the trade of products made from kangaroo leather – a decision that prevents Adidas from selling a range of its football boots in the state.


UK: Sports Direct buys EUR58.4m stake in Amer Sports just-style.com | 8 Jun 07

Sports Direct International has bought a 4.9% stake in sports apparel and footwear maker Amer Sports.


GERMANY: Ashley sells stake in Adidas just-style.com | 6 Jun 07

Sports Direct International founder Mike Ashley is reported to have sold his entire 3.14% stake in Adidas Group, which he purchased in March.


UK: Sports Direct founder's spending spree moves to Newcastle just-style.com | 24 May 07

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has acquired 41.6% of UK football club Newcastle United, and is looking for a controlling stake.


GERMANY: Adidas chases number one spot in China just-style.com | 16 May 07

Adidas Group is bolstering its number of retail stores China over the next few years by 40% as it eyes top spot in the country.


GERMANY: Adidas Q1 profit slips 11%, upbeat on Reebok integration just-style.com | 8 May 07

German athletic apparel and sporting goods maker Adidas AG on Tuesday (8 May) said first quarter profit fell 11% in line with expectations, but is upbeat that the integration of the Reebok brand is finally starting to pay off.


UK: Apax lines up 25% stake in Adidas just-style.com | 18 Apr 07

Adidas Group could be an investment target for London-based private equity firm Apax Partners, reports suggest today (18 April), with the move possibly preceding a full scale bid for the company.


ANALYSIS: What does PPR’s proposed bid mean for Puma? just-style.com | 13 Apr 07

The global sportswear market is poised for a shake-up if the proposed acquisition of Puma, the world’s third-largest sportswear brand, by French luxury fashion retailer PPR goes ahead. The question for many, though, is where will Puma go from here? By Leonie Barrie.


US: Adidas sets out plans to consolidate distribution Will Johnston | 10 Apr 07

The Adidas Group will bring in a raft of consolidation measures by 2009 that include the shifting of activities for five of its distribution centres.


US: Adidas launches graffiti trainer range just-style.com | 10 Apr 07

Adidas Group has launched a new range of sneakers inspired by graffiti art.

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