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BELGIUM: Sports brands push for better working conditions | 15 Jul 08

Leading sporting goods brands including Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Umbro and Speedo are forming a ground-breaking joint working group with trade unions and NGOs to establish better working conditions across the sector.

US: International growth propels Nike Q4 profit up 12% | 26 Jun 08

Strong sales growth in Europe, Asia and the Americas has helped Nike Inc, the world's leading sportswear company, to a 12% jump in fourth quarter profit.

Digital printing in action in Asia | 27 May 08

Despite all the hype about digital printing over the last few years, just 2% of the world’s printed fabric is produced using this method. One of the reasons for this slow uptake is that digital printing is far from straight-forward, as Niki Tait finds out at Digital Print Asia, one of the world’s largest digital print companies.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 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.

UK: Umbro CEO resigns as Nike deal completes | 4 Mar 08

The CEO at football kit maker Umbro is to be replaced by an executive from Nike, the sporting goods giant that is currently completing its acquisition of the UK firm.

US: Nike facing Brazil balancing act | 4 Mar 08

Nike could face pressure from the Brazilian Soccer Federation (CBF) to renegotiate sponsorship terms after details of its lucrative deal with the French national team were revealed by the French Football Federation (FFF) last month.

US: Nike to sponsor French national football team | 25 Feb 08

Sporting goods giant Nike has been signed up as the next equipment supplier of the French Football Federation (FFF), ousting current sponsor Adidas and reinforcing its focus on the global soccer field.

UK: Sports Direct targets China via £20m retail deal | 6 Feb 08

Sports Direct International is to sell its leasurewear brands in China after inking a GBP20m deal with domestic retailer ITAT Group Limited.

UK: Umbro shareholders accept $565m Nike offer | 31 Jan 08

The shareholders of UK football brand Umbro have voted in favour of a proposed GBP285 (US$565m) takeover offer from sporting goods giant Nike today (31 January).

UK: JJB Sports agrees to Nike's acquisition of Umbro | 29 Jan 08

UK retail group JJB Sports has indicated its support for Nike's US$582m all-cash offer to acquire Umbro.

UK: Office of Fair Trading OKs Nike-Umbro merger | 17 Jan 08

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has cleared Nike's anticipated GBP285m (US$565m) acquisition of Umbro.

UK: JJB pays out to settle Which? football kit case | 9 Jan 08

UK sporting goods retailer JJB will make payments to customers who bought certain football shirts seven years ago, settling action brought against the company by consumer group Which? on the back of price-fixing fines in 2003.

Top stories on just-style this year... | 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: International sales growth boosts Nike Q2 | 20 Dec 07

Sports goods giant Nike saw second quarter revenue grow 14%, beating analyst expectations despite signs of a slowdown in the US.

UK: Sports Direct first-half profits slump by 35% | 19 Dec 07

Sporting goods chain Sports Direct saw profits fall 35.2% to GBP52.0m (US$104.3m) in the first half, attributed to weaker UK retail sales caused by unprecedented weather conditions.

UK: Ashley to become executive chairman at Sports Direct? | 18 Dec 07

Sporting Goods retailer Sports Direct may appoint founder Mike Ashley to the position of executive chairman, it has been reported.

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.

UK: Ashley accelerates Sports Direct share repurchase | 28 Nov 07

UK entrepreneur Mike Ashley is believed to be revving up the share repurchase of his Sport Direct International business amid speculation that he could be trying to take the retailer private again.

UK: Sports firms hit by England kit crisis | 22 Nov 07

Two of the UK's leading sportswear firms were left reeling this morning (22 November) as they woke up to the realisation that England would not be taking part in football's Euro 2008 tournament.

UK: Sports Direct sells GBP116.2m Amer stake | 9 Nov 07

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct chain has sold its 8.8m shares stake in Amer Sports Corp, which is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, for EUR166.6m (GBP116.2m).

US: Nike names Bert Hoyt new football chief | 6 Nov 07

Sportswear giant Nike has named Bert Hoyt as the company’s new vice president and general manager of global football – one of its key business areas.

UK: Sports Direct ups Umbro stake to 29.9% | 31 Oct 07

Sports Direct has increased its stake in Nike target Umbro to 29.9% from 15%.

ANALYSIS: Has Nike struck gold with Umbro bid? | 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.

US: Nike nets Umbro in $582m deal | 23 Oct 07

Sporting goods giant Nike has struck a deal to acquire UK football brand Umbro with a US$582m (GBP285m) all-cash offer.

UK: JJB Sports buys 10.12% of Umbro | 22 Oct 07

UK athleticwear retailer JJB Sports has purchased 10.12% of the issued share capital of football kit maker Umbro, which is itself rumoured to be a takeover target for Nike.

UK: Umbro confirms bid approach but Nike stays silent | 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.

UK: Umbro brings forward CFO appointment | 9 Oct 07

Umbro has brought forward by a month its appointment of Gary Brown, who became the company's CFO yesterday (8 October).

UK: Americana hires to drive global growth at Bench | 2 Oct 07

Americana Ltd, the lifestyle clothing company which owns the Bench and Hooch brands, has strengthened its board and senior management team in preparation for a global expansion drive.

UK: JJB profit plunges 38% on low sportswear demand | 28 Sep 07

JJB Sports, the UK sports retailer and health clubs group, on Thursday reported a sharp drop in first half profits amid low demand for sportswear and reiterated that second-half trading will likely match last year’s levels.

HONG KONG: Win Hanverky boosts H1 net by 4.6% | 13 Sep 07

Sportswear manufacturer Win Hanverky Holdings has posted a 4.6% rise in interim net profit to HKD$140m (US$17.97m).



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