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Baird Sees Reawakened Investment Opportunity For Team Sports

In a recent analysis from Baird, the investment firm and financial services company forecasted that tech advances, improved player performance and safety features, elevated traditional and social media exposure, and other economic factors will accelerate the future of team sports participation, benefiting from both the sporting goods industry and its investors.

Bain: Luxury Seen Losing Pandemic Boost

Bain & Company’s Luxury Study forecasted the global personal luxury goods market will grow 4 percent on a currency-neutral basis to €362 billion ($393 bn) in 2023, below a forecast between 5 percent to 12 percent the consultancy published in June.

Fila Holdings’ Sales Slide On Fila Brand Weakness

Korea-based Fila Holdings Corp. reported sales fell 8.3 percent in the third quarter as a 35.1 percent decline at the Fila brand segment offset a gain of 3.3 percent at Acushnet (Titleist, Footjoy). Fila brand’s sales tumbled in the U.S. due to the impact of elevated inventories.

EXEC: On Delivers Record Quarterly Results, Elevated Inventories Concerning

Swiss running brand On delivered its seventh consecutive record quarter in revenues and achieved its highest gross margin since its August-2022 IPO. However, shares closed down slightly on Tuesday due to concerns over elevated inventory levels and its ability to deliver growth to match On’s stock’s high multiple.

EXEC: YTD Footwear Shipments Fall Nearly 25 Percent at Yue Yuen

Year-to-date revenue attributable to footwear manufacturing activity, including athletic/outdoor shoes, casual shoes and sports sandals, decreased by 20.4 percent to US$3.50 billion as average selling prices rose in mid single digits.

Descente Sees Mid-Single-Digit Growth in Fiscal H1

Descente, Ltd. reported that revenues for the fiscal six months ended September 30 rose 4.9 percent to ¥59.9 billion ($396 mm) from ¥57.2 billion a year ago. Gains from the incorporation of Le Coq Sportif (Ningbo) Co. Ltd. (NLCS) into China’s consolidated results and growth in activewear overall offset decreased sales in golfwear.

EXEC: Asics Lifts Outlook On Robust Third Quarter Results

Asics Corp. raised its outlook for the year after reporting strong earnings improvement in the third quarter and nine months ended September 30. Sales grew 14.5 percent in the third quarter and 23.4 percent in the nine months with healthy gains across regions.

EXEC: Inside the Champion Discussions and Actions at HBI

Like many other CEOs in the active lifestyle retail market these days, Stephen Bratspies is working through heavy retail inventories, shifting consumer trends and the effects of inflation. But Champion offers an even bigger challenge—a fickle consumer’s changing preferences.

EXEC: Adidas CEO Sees U.S. Marketplace Challenges Lasting Well into 2024

On Adidas’ third-quarter conference call with analysts, Bjorn Gulden, CEO, said Adidas’ sales in the U.S. “will probably not grow at all in the first half” of 2024 as North America lags other regions in rightsizing inventory levels. He said, “Inventory levels in the U.S. in general is still an issue. I think it lags about six months versus the rest of the world.”