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Nicklaus Sues Wilson Over Name Use

In the golf world, if you don't have Nicklaus, you can't have JACK. That's the argument of Jack Nicklaus and his golf-products companies, which are suing Wilson Sporting Goods in federal court in Columbus, OH.

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Retailers Report Slumping March Sales

Fixated on news coverage of the war in Iraq and worried about their jobs, shoppers stayed away from the malls in March, giving the nation's retailers another month of disappointing sales. Unseasonably cool weather in parts of the country and a late E

Costco March Same-Store Sales Up 8.0%

Costco Wholesale Corporation reported net sales of $3.88 billion for the five weeks ended April 6, 2003, an increase of 12% from $3.46 billion in the same five-week period of the prior fiscal year…

Regional Sporting Goods Retailers Find Niches

Reading a lot these days about physical fitness and health concerns? The sporting goods industry watches fitness levels, activities and trends, too — all with an eye on its own financial health. Sporting equipment is a $65 billion industry at the wh

Columbia Builds on Top of Pyramid…

Columbia Sportswear is taking steps to ensure future growth at the top end of the brand pyramid as it sees increasing competition from its own retail partners and their growing concentration on private label…

As Sales Slip in U.S., Foot Locker Looks to Europe…

With Foot Locker CEO Matt Serra stating that “BOGO’s are getting tired” and “we're missing some product there” when talking about the loss of Nike allocations and reduced orders, the company was left focusing on a building on Europe and re-building U

Nike and Hurley Matching Up Nicely

Nike and Hurley International stunned the action-sports industry last year when the athletic shoe giant bought the relatively small but well-regarded Costa Mesa surf and skateboard clothing company. Skeptics feared the worst…

Nike Builds Coalition of the Willing…

Maybe the Bush Administration should enlist the help of Nike to help build a broader U.N. coalition against Iraq.
Nike has rounded up a diverse group of supporters as it goes before the U.S. Supreme Court in its first amendment fight over a California Sup

Russell Consolidates Bike Athletic Ops…

It didn’t take long to start the consolidation of Bike Athletic into the Russell Athletic division of Russell Corporation. RML acquired the venerable sporting goods brand out of bankruptcy in late January and should see full consolidation of operations b

Quiksilver Sets Pace for Record Year…

Quiksilver looks to riding much the same wave as PacSun, but with broader appeal beyond the narrow – but deep — teen segment. The company is growing business across all age groups, genders and continents to establish a truly global lifestyle brand with

Price Deflation Impacts Athletic Shoes…

According to The Monthly Mall Merchandise Index, maintained by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), sales/square foot in mall-based Athletic Footwear stores were $41 in December, a gain of 1.5% versus December LY. Sales for 2002 declined

Pacific Sunwear Takes to the Street…

Pacific Sunwear has certainly turned the tide in the operations area and is now riding a wave of good fortune thanks to strong merchandising, operational efficiencies and aggressive growth. While many other mall retailers continue to suffer from weak com

Genesco Loses Out on Athletic Opp…

An over-reliance on softening some casual brands and the lack of a key athletic footwear component conspired to rob Genesco of the growth opportunity other retailers are experiencing in the mall. With athletic footwear now representing 28% of the Journey