Sportswear brand Fila, which is owned by New-York based Sport Brands International, is to merge its Italian subsidiaries Fila Italia SpA and Fila Sport SpA in the spring of 2005.

In the merger, Fila Italia will be incorporated into Fila Sport.

The shareholders of the two companies will choose a new name for the company, which will have legal headquarters in Biella, northern Italy, and operational headquarters in Assago, in the northern Italian region of Lombardy.

The new company will be Fila's European headquarters.