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New Era Plan To Close Derby Plant Causes Political Brouhaha

A number of legislators and union officials decried New Era’s plan to close its manufacturing plant in Derby, NY, the company’s only headwear-manufacturing facility in the U.S. Charles Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader who represents New York, said, “This is devastating news for Buffalo. I sincerely hope that New Era, a hometown Buffalo company, will reconsider.”

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Life Fitness Sees Connectivity Driving Fitness Equipment Growth

In essentially its initial public offering, Life Fitness Holdings, the commercial fitness equipment leader being spun off from Brunswick Corp., predicted generally modest growth for the fitness equipment sector overall in the years ahead. But the company expects to continue to grab share through its reach into an increasingly digitized commercial fitness landscape.

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New Iconix CEO Seeks More Global Approach

Noting that the majority of the company’s 29 brands “have more mindshare than closet share,” Bob Galvin in his first conference call as president and CEO of Iconix Brand Group Inc. promised to push collaboration among licensing partners in a more unified approach. Unfortunately, a bad debt charge from Sears’ bankruptcy stalled progress in the latest quarter.

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Jim Weber Discusses Brooks’ Renewed Momentum

In October, Brooks Running Co. reported a whopping 29-percent increase in global revenue in the first nine months of this year, representing a strong bounce back for footwear’s run specialty leader. Here, Brooks Running CEO Jim Weber discusses Brooks’ return to strong double-digit growth, the recovering run specialty channel, the challenges around potential tariffs  and what’s ahead for Brooks in 2019.

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Morgan Stanley Bearish On JD Sports/Finish Line Merger

In a report entitled, “Is the Finish Line a step too far?,” Morgan Stanley initiated coverage of JD Sports Fashion Plc with an “Underweight” rating largely due to concerns over its recent mega-acquisition of The Finish Line. Part of that concern is that the merger comes as Nike and Adidas are rapidly expanding their direct-to-consumer (DTC) channels.

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Canadian Tire Touts Growth Potential For Helly Hansen, Looks To Reset Sport Chek

On its third-quarter conference call, Canadian Tire officials indicated that Helly Hansen, acquired in early July, is off to a “good start” with its integration process and should find a bigger presence across the company’s Canadian stores by mid-2019. They also laid out plans for Sport Chek to re-merchandise departments by categories instead of by brand, expand private labels, and improve inventory productivity.

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Adidas Finds Yeezy Boost Can’t Offset Europe Slowdown

Adidas lifted its profitability guidance for the year after reporting robust third-quarter earnings due to better-than-expected margins and strong double-digit growth in North America, China and across e-commerce channels. Yeezy delivered Adidas’ largest digital-release. But the year’s sales outlook was lowered as softness arriving in Europe earlier in the year worsened in the third quarter.

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Newell Brands’ Turnaround Plans Gaining Traction

Shares of Newell Brands Inc. rose 14.5 percent Friday after the consumer-goods conglomerate reported adjusted earnings in the third quarter exceeded expectations as its turnaround efforts made some progress. The full-year EPS outlook was lifted for the year. Coleman’s sales were impacted by lost distribution at a key U.S. retailer. 

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Fitness And Outdoor Wearables Shines For Garmin In Q3

Boosted by double-digit gains for both its Fitness and Outdoor segments on strength in wearables, Garmin Ltd.’s adjusted earnings climbed 32.0 percent in the third quarter ended September 29, easily topping Wall Street’s target. The Fitness segment was led by advanced wearables, led by the GPS-enabled Vívo line of products. The Fēnix’s series continues to drive Outdoor.

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Under Armour’s Shares Pop As Transformation Gains Traction

Shares of Under Armour shot up $5.04, or 27.7 percent, to $23.23 Tuesday, the stock’s highest one-day gain since 2008, as the company reported third-quarter earnings that more than doubled Wall Street’s consensus expectations. On a conference call with analysts, Kevin Plank, CEO, described the performance as “another solid proof point that our multiyear journey toward becoming a more operationally excellent company is on track.”

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