Outdoor apparel and footwear maker Columbia Sportswear Company has extended its worldwide distribution strategy to Southern Africa and the Philippines.

It has signed distribution agreements with South Africa-based Foschini Retail Group and Philippines-based Kenrich International Distributor Corporation (KIDC).

Columbia's apparel and footwear will be distributed in these countries from autumn 2004.

"Both southern Africa and the Philippines are regions where Columbia apparel has never been distributed," said Bill Tung, director of international operations for Columbia Sportswear.

Foschini Retail Group, a subsidiary of Foschini Limited, will distribute Columbia products throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho. The lines will initially be carried in its new "Due South" retail concept.

KIDC, a retailer and wholesaler throughout the Philippines, plans to sell Columbia in several of its select corporate stores, concept shops, and through key wholesale accounts.