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USA: Venator Net Nearly Tripled On Strong Apparel Sales just-style.com | 18 May 01

Venator Group In. said net income nearly tripled in the fiscal first quarter, fuelled by strong sales of basketball sneakers and private-label apparel, as well as improved operating efficiencies. For the quarter ended May 5, the operator of such retail chains as Footlocker and Champs Sports, posted net income of $37m, or 27 cents a diluted share, compared with $13m, or 10 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.


USA: Sports Shoe Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection just-style.com | 23 Apr 01

Sports footwear retailer the Sports Shoe has announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be forced to close two of its stores. The retailer has seen a drop in demand for sports shoes and has been forced to close its underperforming stores as well as cut prices to enable it to record a profit.


UK: Skechers London Flagship Opening A Success just-style.com | 9 Mar 01

Skechers USA Inc, the lifestyle footwear company, today reported that the first week of business at the company's first international flagship store on Oxford Street in London, England, has exceeded expectations. "It was unbelievable. We opened the doors and it was like a vacuum with the number of people waiting to come in," began Gary Siegel, Skechers vice president director of retail, who was on hand for the opening on March 1, 2001. "On Saturday there seemed to be wall-to-wall people. At times there was a bottleneck just to enter the store."


USA: Skechers To Open Flagship Stores In Europe just-style.com | 22 Feb 01

Skechers USA, a lifestyle footwear company, announced plans to open three international marquee stores in key European tourist and fashion markets including a flagship store on Oxford Street in London. Situated in high-traffic, high-visibility shopping areas of London, Dusseldorf and Paris, the Skechers retail stores will carry the company's current footwear lines for men, women and kids.


USA: Reebok And Venator Re-Introduce Pump Technology just-style.com | 22 Feb 01

Reebok is bringing back its 'pump' technology in an exclusive agreement with Venator Group (NYSE: Z), the world's largest athletic specialty retailer. Foot Locker as well as Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Eastbay and Footlocker.com will debut The Pump Scheme basketball shoe, which is one of several styles to be introduced at retail throughout the year.


USA: Venator's Serra Is Named CEO As Hilpert Quits just-style.com | 13 Feb 01

Venator Group, which operates the Foot Locker and Champs Sports retail chains, named Matthew Serra president and chief executive after Dale Hilpert resigned to join Williams-Sonoma, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company also said J. Carter Bacot, a board member since 1993, would serve as non-executive chairman. Mr Serra currently serves as Venator's president and chief operating officer. He joined Venator in 1998 and helped shore up the retailer's athletic business, the focus of Venator's business today.


USA: Future Looking Brighter For Athletic Footwear - NSGA just-style.com | 8 Feb 01

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has announced initial findings of its annual Sporting Goods Market 2001 report showing good news for several segments of the footwear industry. For the past five years, female purchases of athletic footwear has grown steadily in several channels of distribution: from nearly 38 per cent to more than 42 per cent in general full-line sporting goods stores; from nearly 47 per cent to just over 48 per cent in specialty athletic footwear stores; and from 41 per cent to 45.5 per cent in specialty sports shops.


USA: Footstar Reports December Sales Results just-style.com | 4 Jan 01

Footstar Inc (NYSE: FTS ) today reported that total sales for the five-week period ended December 30, 2000 increased 24.8 per cent to $282.3m from $226.3m in the same period last year. Total sales at the company's Meldisco division increased 8.5 per cent to $160.0m from $147.4m, and total sales for the athletic segment increased 55.1 per cent to $122.3m from $78.9m.


USA: American Eagle And Talbots Report Higher Earnings just-style.com | 17 Nov 00

Apparel retailers American Eagle Outfitters Inc and Talbots Inc both reported higher third-quarter earnings on Thursday boosted by what analysts said is each company's ability to appeal to its core customers and drive sales.Many major US retailers have found themselves faced with a slowing economy and more frugal spending habits from consumers over the past several months, and apparel retailers have tended to be the hardest hit as warm weather has reigned throughout most of the country."The slower pace of overall spending by the consumer has hurt a lot of the retail industry, and ultimately it seemed to come up on a lot of retailers faster than they had expected," said Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi economist Michael Niemira."Consequently some got stuck with more inventory than they wanted, and ultimately that created a situation where they were discounting more heavily, which tied into their earnings," Niemira said.Despite all this, however, youth-oriented apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters managed to post better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, with a net income of $29.2 million, or 61 cents a diluted share, compared to a profit of $24.3 million, or 52 cents a diluted share, a year ago.Wall Street analysts had been expecting the retailer to post a profit of 54 cents a share, according to research firm First Call/Thomson Financial.


USA: Polo Ralph Lauren Names Paul Campbell VP Of Labor Company Press Release | 5 Oct 00

Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) announced that Paul Campbell has joined the company as vice president of Labor, Community Relations and Diversity. Mr Campbell will work in close partnership with Polo's human resources and senior management to further enhance employee relations and career development. He will report to Mitchell Kosh, senior vice president of Human Resources."I am excited that Paul Campbell has joined our company in this important role. His years of experience and extensive knowledge of employee development and diversity will enable him to direct Polo Ralph Lauren's continued growth in these areas," said Mitchell Kosh, senior vice president of Human Resources, Polo Ralph Lauren.Most recently, Paul Campbell served as vice president of human resources administration and fair employment practice for Foot Locker Worldwide, a division of the Venator Group. During his ten-year tenure at Venator, Mr Campbell held a variety of management positions including vice president of human resources for the FootLocker division.


USA: Footstar Reports July Sales Results Company Press Release | 4 Aug 00

Footstar, Inc (NYSE:FTS) today reported that total sales for the four-week period ended July 29, 2000 increased 21.4 per cent to $170m from sales of $140m in the same period last year. Total sales at the company's Meldisco division increased 4.6 per cent to


USA: Footstar Second Quarter Results Surpass Expectations Company Press Release | 26 Jul 00

Footstar, Inc (NYSE:FTS) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended July 1, 2000. Second Quarter Results Net income for the second quarter reached $15.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.76, compared with net income of $18.5 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.


USA: New Head For Footlocker.com Company Press Release | 20 Jul 00

Venator Group, Inc (NYSE: Z), the New York-based athletic specialty retailer, today announced the promotion of Thomas J Slover to CEO of Footlocker.com, its direct-to-customer athletic footwear and apparel business. Mr. Slover's previous position was vice president of worldwide sourcing, which he has held since 1997. He will report to Dale W Hilpert, Venator Group's chairman and CEO."We will continue to develop our Internet business using the athletic industry leadership position of our 3,200 domestic retail stores and catalog operations in combination with our e-commerce business. Tom has proven that he has the management and merchandising skills to lead Footlocker.com to achieve this potential," said Dale W Hilpert. Mr Slover has 23 years of specialty retailing experience including buying, sourcing, planning and allocation, and retail systems development.Footlocker.com Inc, a subsidiary of Venator Group, operates six e-commerce sites, FootLocker.com, KidsFootLocker.com, LadyFootLocker.com, ChampsSports.com, Eastbay.com and NFLShop.com, the official store of the National Football League, and multiple athletic catalogs through its affiliates, including Eastbay.Venator Group is a diversified global retailer that operates over 4,500 retail stores in North America, Europe and Australia. Its athletic group of specialty retail stores include Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker and Champs Sports, as well as its Internet/direct marketer Footlocker.com/Eastbay. Other specialty retail chains include the Northern Group of apparel stores.


USA: New HR chief for Polo Ralph Lauren Company Press Release | 18 Jul 00

Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) announced that Mitchell Kosh has joined the company as senior vice president of human resources effective today. Mr. Kosh will be responsible for all HR functions including organization development, executive recruitment, and compensation programs. He reports to Roger Farah, president and COO.Most recently, Mr. Kosh was the senior vice president and chief HR officer of Conseco, an insurance and financial services company in Carmel, Indiana. Prior to that he was with the Venator Group, where since 1996 he held executive positions including senior vice president of human resources for Foot Locker Worldwide. Mr. Kosh's career also includes a number of years in senior human resources capacities at Federated Stores."I am thrilled to have Mitchell as part of the senior management team. He brings critical experience in the area of human resources and organization development, which is vital to the continued growth and development of Polo," said Roger Farah.Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL) is a leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in four categories: apparel, home, accessories and fragrances. In April 1999, Polo Ralph Lauren acquired Club Monaco, a vertical lifestyle retailer based in Toronto. In February 2000, Ralph Lauren Media LLC was formed as a joint venture between Polo Ralph Lauren, NBC and two of NBC's affiliated companies - ValueVision International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VVTV) and NBC Internet, Inc (Nasdaq: NBCI) - to bring the Polo Ralph Lauren brand to consumers via multiple media platforms, including the Internet, broadcast, cable and print.


USA: Everlast Success Leads To Record Results For Active Apparel Group Company Press Release | 14 Jul 00

Active Apparel Group Inc (Nasdaq: AAGP), a designer, marketer and supplier of women's and men's activewear, sportswear, and swimwear, today reported that growing acceptance of Everlast-brand apparel was responsible for record operating results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2000.


USA: Guidance Renews Deal With Footlocker.com Company Press Release | 12 Jul 00

Guidance, The Convergent Business Studio and a leading southern California Internet business developer, today announced that it has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with Footlocker.com, a subsidiary of Venator Group (NYSE:Z), to upgrade its five high-performance, athletic retailing websites. This agreement marks the continuation of a 3-year relationship in which Guidance successfully led Venator into the world of e-commerce, helping the athletic retailer become one of the top online retailers of athletic footwear and apparel.


USA: Footaction USA And Cybermoola Empower Consumers To Use Cash On The Web Company Press Release | 6 Jul 00

With the availability of prepaid Cybermoola cards in its Dallas-area stores, Footaction USA becomes the first national retailer to enable consumers to shop online with cash. Select Footaction stores now sell Cybermoola cards, which can be bought with cash and then used to shop at leading Web stores, including


USA: Footstar Reports June Sales Results Company Press Release | 6 Jul 00

Footstar, Inc (NYSE:FTS) today reported that total sales for the five-week period ended July 1, 2000 increased 17.0% to $220.6 million from sales of $188.6 million in the same period last year. Total sales at the company's Meldisco division increased 2.6% to $132.4 million,


USA: Footlocker.com Selects InterWorld's E-Commerce Solution Company Press Release | 8 Jun 00

InterWorld® Corporation (NASDAQ: INTW), a leading global provider of mission-ready(TM) e-commerce software solutions, and Footlocker.com, a subsidiary of Venator Group, a leading Internet and direct retailer for sporting goods, athletic footwear and apparel (NYSE: Z), today announced that InterWorld's e-commerce solution will power Footlocker.com's next generation online NFL Shop. Footlocker.com also plans to utilize InterWorld's new "closed-loop" Commerce Intelligence solution, enabling the company to easily gather, analyze and act on relevant business intelligence, across all channels, to improve customer intimacy and business profitability. "We realized that we needed to take our e-commerce efforts to the next level in order to meet our customer's growing demands. InterWorld was the perfect choice to help us get there in the shortest amount of time possible with the deepest pre-packaged online retail capabilities," said Lynn Lorenc, vice president of marketing, Footlocker.com. "Footlocker.com is an extremely merchant-driven, customer focused corporation that understands the importance of having a high-performance, mission-ready e-commerce infrastructure to support their growing demands across all their channels," said Jeremy Davis, president and CEO of InterWorld. "We're happy to be the e-commerce engine behind Footlocker.com and look forward to helping them continue to sell their leading active lifestyle merchandise to customers around the world."


USA: Track 'n Trail Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members Company Press Release | 2 Jun 00

Track 'n Trail (NASDAQ: TKTL), a premier destination specialty retailer of branded casual, outdoor and adventure footwear, today announced that Mr. Ralph T. Parks and Mr. Ira Pickell have been appointed to Track `n Trail's Board of Directors. Mr. Ralph Parks is a 30-year veteran of the shoe business.


USA: Footstar Reports May Sales Results Company Press Release | 1 Jun 00

Footstar, Inc. (NYSE:FTS) today reported that comparable store sales for the four-week period ended May 27, 2000 increased 7.5%. Meldisco's comparable store sales increased 7.9%, while comparable store sales for the athletic segment increased 6.4%. Footstar's total sales for the period increased 25.


USA: Oakley Releases Fall 2000 Footwear Collection just-style.com | 31 May 00

Seven New Models Blend Technical Performance with Aggressive Styling Oakley, Inc. (NYSE:OO) today announced the upcoming release of its fall 2000 footwear collection. Seven new models are scheduled to arrive at leading worldwide retailers in early June, including Athlete's Foot, Finish Line, Foot Locker, R.E.I., Sport Chek (Canada), City Beach (Australia), Olympia Sports (France) and EuroPalace-Matchpoint (Spain). "Skeptics have always told me to never compete against established industry leaders," said Oakley's Chief Executive Officer Jim Jannard. "They said it when we reinvented sports goggles. They said it when we started from scratch with performance eyewear. And each time, the doubters were silenced when our business model achieved market leadership." "Our first shoe combined ballistic Kevlar with race tire technology. It looked like nothing you'd ever seen because it performed like nothing you'd ever worn," continued Jannard. "For 25 years Oakley has maintained its devotion to authenticity, uncompromised standards, and passion for innovation. We pooled our resources and talent into reinventing the concept of performance footwear. The legacy continues." "Oakley utilizes CAD/CAM engineering for product development, including a machine that fires lasers into an acrylic bath to create fully rendered, three-dimensional prototypes. Our technologies allow us to engineer every component from scratch," Jannard concluded. "Reinventing the product means reinventing the process. That frees us to explore technologies, and when necessary, invent new ones. At Oakley, we don't design ideas to fit machines. We design machines to fit ideas."


USA: Footstar Names New CEO for its Just for Feet Division just-style.com | 18 Apr 00

Footstar, Inc. (NYSE: FTS) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Gordon as President and Chief Executive Officer of its Just For Feet division. Mr. Gordon has over 26 years of experience in the retail, merchandising and buying arena. He joined Footstar in December, 1997 as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager of its Meldisco division. In that capacity, he has been responsible for directing and managing the merchandising organization. In addition, Mr. Gordon was responsible for all marketing and sales promotion activities. Mickey Robinson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Footstar, said, "I am very pleased to promote Jeff Gordon to the position of President and CEO of our recently acquired Just For Feet business. Jeff is a proven leader who has accomplished a lot in his short tenure with our Company, contributing to two of Meldisco's most successful years in the Company's history. We look forward to his experience and leadership as we solidify Just For Feet's position as the leading national off-mall athletic retail chain." Prior to joining Meldisco, Mr. Gordon served as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager at Montgomery Ward, Chicago, IL. He also served as Vice President, General Manager at the Fayva Shoe Division of Morse Shoe, Canton, MA.

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