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Title Nine Mines Sports To Empower Women

Title Nine Mines Sports To Empower Women

Long before the arrival of Lululemon, Fabletics, Outdoor Voices and the rest of the athleisure movement, Missy Park in 1989 founded Title Nine, becoming the first retailer to focus on selling women’s sports and fitness apparel. Park talks to SGB Executive about the many ways Title Nine is working to push the women’s movement forward, her take on the advances and shortcomings of today's women’s sports apparel and gear, and why Title IX is still relevant to Title Nine. (Read More)

How Asics Plans To Regain Its Stride In Run

How Asics Plans To Regain Its Stride In Run

Following 13 consecutive quarters of declines, Asics returned to growth in North America in the first quarter, led by the Performance Running category's return to positive growth. In an interview with SGB Executtive, Richard Sullivan, EVP of sales, categories and marketing, Asics North America, discusses the reason Asics returned as title sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon and its strategies for regaining its leadership positioning in the run category. (Read More)

Nike Makes Some Progress On Diversity

Nike Makes Some Progress On Diversity

Nike Inc., facing yet another controversy over gender equality involving its endorsed female athletes, found some success in calendar 2018 in its push to improve the representation of female and minority employees in its workforce, according to the company’s first FY18 Impact Report. But Mark Parker, CEO, insisted Nike still has much further to go. (Read More)

Wolverine’s Q1 Sales Slowed By Weather, Conservative Re-Orders

Wolverine’s Q1 Sales Slowed By Weather, Conservative Re-Orders

Wolverine World Wide reported earnings topped guidance in the first quarter and four of its major brands - Merrell, Saucony, Cat and Wolverine – exceeded internal sales expectations. Overall sales came in below expectations due to a downturn in the boat shoe market and weak re-orders that particularly impacted Sperry. (Read More)

Adidas Continues Hot Streak In Q1

Adidas Continues Hot Streak In Q1

Adidas AG reported first-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street’s targets as the company benefited from strong growth in China and online as well as significantly higher gross margins. More encouragingly, strong spring launches are expected to set the stage for accelerated growth in the second half and the supply-chain issues slowing growth in North America are expected to be resolved by the end of the year. (Read More)

Big 5 Delivers Robust First Quarter But Weak Outlook

Big 5 Delivers Robust First Quarter But Weak Outlook

Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. delivered a strong first quarter as cold weather boosted its winter business. But the California-based sporting goods chain also warned of a loss in the current quarter due to a later Easter this year and also warned that overall sales appear soft. (Read More)

Lululemon Looks To Double-Down on Men’s, Digital And International

Lululemon Looks To Double-Down on Men’s, Digital And International

Lululemon Athletica, at its first analyst day in five years and first under new CEO Calvin McDonald, unveiled a five-year growth plan to double its men's and digital businesses and quadruple its international business. Surprises include its planned expansion of fitness accessories, including rollers and training gloves, and its entry into the footwear category. (Read More)

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