Kathmandu Holdings Ltd., based in New Zealand, reported net profits rose 13.7 percent in the year ended July 31 on a 9.7 percent revenue gain. The gains were led by Oboz, the U.S.-based outdoor footwear brand. Oboz's sales grew 30 percent to U.S.$44.6 million.
On quarterly conference calls last week, executives at both retailers and vendors said the ultimate impact of the tariff war isn’t clearly known, especially if the fourth tranche on $300 billion of imports that hit apparel and footwear items becomes effective. But most reassured analysts they’re taking or have taken steps to mitigate most of the expected damage. Comments from VF Corp, Deckers Brands, Kohl’s, JC Penney, Target, Hibbett Sports, TJX Cos. and Ross Stores.