Macintosh Retail Group has installed Aktiesport shops in 11 of its Scapino stores as part of a strategic alliance announced with the online discounter of sporting goods in May. The alliance calls for rolling out Atkiesport shop-in-shops in a large number of Scapino’s stores by the end of 2013.

Both companies are based in The Netherlands, where Atkiesport has emerged as a major discounter of sporting goods, including athletic footwear, apparel and wintersports gear.

Macintosh reported Wednesday that sales reached €423.4 million in the six months ended June 30, up 7.1 percent from the first half of 2011. The retailer swung into the red, however, as it reported a net loss of €8.9 million compared to a profit of €800,000 in the year earlier period.

“Over the past few months, we have continued to invest in the appeal of our offline and online stores, and in providing cross-channel facilities to consumers. Unfortunately, this long-term approach coincided with the reality of today’s economic environment of consumer caution and historically low confidence,” said Frank De Moor, CEO for Macintosh Retail Group. “And with spring weather unwilling to cooperate, which created little or no incentive for consumers to buy summer shoes or lawn furniture, the first half of 2012 proved to be an extremely challenging period for achieving success as a retailer in Fashion and Living.”
Macintosh operates 880 shoe and 113 home furnishing stores in the Benelux and United Kingdom. It sell shoes under the Brantano, Dolcis, Invito, Jones Bootmaker, Manfield, PRO 0031, Scapino and Steve Madden brick-and-mortar banners and online through its Intreza and Nea International units.