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Backcountry Finds a Friend in Germany
Backcountry made its first overseas investment last week by acquiring Bergfreunde.de, a rapidly growing online retailer poised to expand beyond German-speaking Europe at a time of rapid growth and consolidation in the continent’s e-commerce and sporting goods industries...(12/7/2013)
Marine Electronics, Jetboil Fuel Johnson Outdoor Fiscal 2013 Growth
Sales from Johnson Outdoors Inc.’s Marine Electronics segment and recently acquired Jetboil brand more than offset declines its Watercraft and Diving segments and lower military sales at its Outdoor Gear segment in the fiscal year ended Sept. 27...(12/6/2013)
Has the Outdoor Industry Found the Golden Goose?
The efforts of three leading outdoor companies from California are leading to more humane practices in the European and Asian food industry...(11/24/2013)
Accell Group Says Prolonged Discounting Will Boost Sales, Thin Margins in 2013
Accell Group told investors last week it expects organic sales will grow in 2013 compared with 2012, despite the fact that many of its dealers are delaying deliveries of new model year bikes until next spring...(11/24/2013)
Lifting Internet Sales Tax Exemption to $5M Would Barely Affect State Tax Receipts
Raising the small seller exemption from $1 million to $5 million in the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) now before Congress would barely affect state treasuries, according to a report released by the Small Business Administration last week...(11/24/2013)
Jack Wolfskin Terminates Asian Factories for Non-Compliance
Jack Wolfskin stopped working with four factories in China and one in India in 2012 because they failed to meet various quality criteria or social standards stipulated in the company’s code of conduct, according to the company's Supplier Social Report 2012...(11/15/2013)
JD Sports Adds Scottish Retailer to Outdoor Division
Despite red ink at its Outdoor Division, JD Sports Fashion plc expanded its holdings in the United Kingdom’s specialty outdoor market last week by acquiring a controlling stake in Tiso Group, a 10-door retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment based in Edinburgh...(11/15/2013)
Robust Organic Growth Help Safoli Offset Lost Armani Sales in Third Quarter
Safilo Group S.p.A. reported it was able to offset adverse exchange rates and the loss of its Armani license in the third quarter by boosting organic sales of its core prescription and sunglasses brands, including Smith Optics, 17 percent...(11/15/2013)