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CHINA: Asics expands China retail operations – report | 4 Mar 08

Sports goods company Asics in the midst of a retail expansion programme on the Chinese mainland involving its Onitsuka Tiger brand, according to local press reports.

JAPAN: Asics nine-month income boosted by footwear | 8 Feb 08

Third quarter profit at Japanese running shoe specialist Asics Corporation has risen by 1.1% to (US$116m), pushed forward by strong footwear revenues.

HONG KONG: Yue Yuen to spin off Pou Sheng unit? | 13 Dec 07

Footwear manufacturer Yue Yuen has proposed a spin-off and separate listing for its Pou Sheng International group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

JAPAN: Asics scotches Adidas bid rumours | 4 Dec 07

Japanese sports shoe specialist Asics has distanced itself from reports that it is preparing a joint bid with Nike for Germany’s Adidas.

US: Former Columbia execs launch eco apparel brand | 29 Nov 07

Former Columbia Sportswear executives Beth Brownlee and Ruth Nichols have introduced Trust Your Journey, an eco-friendly apparel line for women.

JAPAN: First-half income up 18.2% at Asics Corp | 19 Nov 07

Japanese sportswear firm Asics Corporation has posted an 18.2% increase in first-half net income to JPY8.29bn (US$75.1m), despite falling apparel revenues.

JAPAN: Asics brings out heat-retaining swimwear | 12 Nov 07

Sportswear makers in Japan are answering demand for swimwear that helps retain body heat by using textiles with raised fibres, primarily designed for the country’s chilly public pools.

JAPAN: Shoe firms to boost Vietnam-based production | 18 Oct 07

Sportswear companies Mizuno and Asics are looking to seek out production facilities in Vietnam to avoid more expensive labour costs in China, it has been reported.

US: Apparel importers claim refunds on discriminatory duties | 5 Sep 07

Importers of apparel and footwear could be in line for a big refund after paying different duties on products for men, women and children.

JAPAN: Asics first quarter income rises 9% | 3 Aug 07

Sportswear operator Asics has posted net income of JPY6.18bn (US$51.9m) for the first quarter of 2007, an increase from JPY5.62 during the corresponding period last year, with running shoes continuing to drive sales.

JAPAN: Asics strides to profit through sports shoe gains | 18 May 07

Japanese sportswear firm Asics has posted a 0.5% increase to profits for the full-year period, mainly attributable to its sports shoe category.

US: Court denies Asics lawsuit against Skechers | 1 May 07

A US District Court has denied Asics' motion for a preliminary injunction against footwear firm Skechers in an ongoing dispute over stripe designs used by the two firms.

US: Makers challenge inconsistencies in Federal apparel tariffs | 1 May 07

Several apparel and footwear makers, including Steve Madden, Asics and Columbia Sportswear, are challenging an alleged disparity in tariffs between men’s and women’s wear.

JAPAN: Skechers refiles shoe lawsuit against Asics | 17 Apr 07

Less than a week after dropping its trade libel and unfair competition lawsuit against Asics Corp, footwear maker Skechers USA Inc is to refile the suit as a counterclaim in Asics’ lawsuit against Skechers.

JAPAN: Skechers drops trade libel suit against Asics | 13 Apr 07

Shoe maker Skechers USA Inc has dropped a trade libel and unfair competition lawsuit against Japanese sporting goods company Asics over a stripe design on its footwear.

JAPAN: Shoe retailer Chiyoda to sell toy business | 8 Mar 07

Chiyoda Co, Japan's biggest shoe retailer, is to sell its toy stores and concentrate instead on its footwear and casual wear shops according to media reports.

US: Skechers counter-sues rival Asics in design row | 28 Feb 07

Footwear group Skechers has filed a countersuit against Asics Corporation, which begun suing its rival in January over shoes carrying a stripe design.

US: Skechers denies Asics' infringement claim | 9 Feb 07

Lifestyle footwear firm Skechers USA has denied that several of its shoe styles infringe upon Asics Corp’s trademark.

BRAZIL: Asics sets up new sales subsidiary | 6 Feb 07

Active wear firm Asics Corporation has set up a sales subsidiary in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to help boost its presence in South America.

US: Vista Global appoints Nicholas Bianchini as VP sales | 6 Feb 07

Vista Global Brands has appointed ex-Gant sales manager Nicholas Bianchini to VP of sales for its licensed Born Menswear line.

JAPAN: Asics to open specialty running store | 25 Jan 07

Sports firm Asics said it will open its first-ever specialty running store on 11 February.

Japanese apparel gets into shape | 3 Jan 07

Japan’s consumers are giving a big thumbs-up to new clothing that gives the wearer a workout without the need for normal exercise. The garments promise to firm up muscles and change the shape of a person’s body – and not surprisingly sales are booming, as Michael Fitzpatrick reports.

SINGAPORE: Runner’s World outsources logistics in Asia | 20 Dec 06

Runner’s World, the athletic apparel, footwear and accessories distributor, has outsourced its logistics operations in Asia to Menlo Worldwide.

JAPAN: Asics to launch sales drive into South America | 20 Oct 06

Sportswear maker Asics Corp is to launch a sales push into South America through a new sales company in Brazil.

US: Asics sues Payless for trademark infringement | 27 Jun 06

Sports goods label Asics America Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Payless Shoesource for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution and false advertising.

JAPAN: Asics creates shoes for Japanese astronaut | 1 Jun 06

Asics of Japan has a created prototype space shoe for a Japanese astronaut with the tell-tale split-toe style beloved of Japanese ninjas, real-life construction workers and hipsters.

INDONESIA: Sportswear brands red-carded on workers’ rights | 30 May 06

As top sportswear brands prepare to showcase their wares at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Germany, companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma and Asics have been criticised by Oxfam International for not doing enough to protect the workers who make their goods.

HONG KONG: Yue Yuen Sets Up Safety Shoe JV | 17 Oct 05

Footwear maker Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd has established a safety shoes joint venture in partnership with Upmax Investments Ltd.

JAPAN: Asics Sets Up Sportswear Design Subsidiary | 26 Sep 05

Japanese sporting goods maker Asics Corp is setting up a sportswear design and production subsidiary next month, and closing its women's sportswear subsidiary Asics Almos Inc.

JAPAN: Asics Covets Puma's Fortunes - Paper | 11 Aug 05

Japan-based sports shoe maker Asics Corp says it aims to come up to the same level as German competitor Puma AG within the next few years, German weekly magazine WirtschaftsWoche said today.




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