SGB Update Outdoor

REDA Reports 76% Growth in Fiscal 2002

Privately-owned REDA Sports Corporation announced 7.8% comp year-over-year growth and explosive 76.3% year-over-year growth in FY2002, attributed mainly to the robust sales of Kappa USA, the company’s linchpin proprietary soccer brand…

The North Face Opens First NYC Store

The North Face opened its first New York City store last week. Located at 2101 Broadway at 73rd Street, in the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side, the new store elaborates on The North Face®'s new retail concept designed to personify the bran

The NHL and The Hockey Company Forge Marketing Alliance

The National Hockey League and The Hockey Company have reached an agreement to form a long-term worldwide exclusive licensing and marketing partnership. Under the new agreement, The Hockey Company will have the exclusive rights to supply and market all C

Rodale Sees Turnaround, But Changes Leave Scars

Rodale Inc. said its Men's Health magazine surged in advertising revenue and circulation, reversing recent declines. Runner's World had the highest ad revenue in its history and Scuba Diving put its competition, Skin Diver, out of business.

It’s the Product, Stupid…

With Finish Line CEO Alan Cohen declaring that, “It’s all about the product”, the athletic specialty retailer seemed to put a positioning stake in the ground to “focus on superior product selection and presentation, instead of price”. FINL clearly expect

Converse Delays IPO, But Rolls On…

Converse management has decided to delay the timing of its Initial Public Offering until current global geo-political issues can play out and the market returns to a somewhat normal cycle. The company hasn't launched a pre-offering “roadshow” for in

The Finish Line Fiscal Year Net Income Up 35% on 8.0% Sales Gain

The Finish Line, Inc. reported fiscal 2003 net sales increased 8% to $757.2 million for the fifty-two weeks ended March 1, 2003 compared to $701.4 million for the fiscal 2002. Comparable store net sales increased 3% for the year. On a GAAP basis, net in

True Temper 2002 Sales Decline 3.3%

True Temper Sports, Inc. reported that 2002 sales declined by 3.3% to $107.4 million in 2002 from $111.1 million the prior year. Full year net income decreased to $9.3 million from $24.6 million in the prior year. Net income increased 35% from $6.9 mill

K2 Inc. and Rawlings Announce Merger Exchange Ratio

K2 Inc.and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. have announced the exchange ratio in connection with K2's proposed merger with Rawlings. If the merger with Rawlings is completed, each Rawlings stockholder will receive 1.080 shares of K2 common stock

GoLite Finds Military Deals Sometimes Cumbersome

Demetri Coupounas, president of Boulder-based GoLite, is glad that America's elite warriors have adopted the company's lightweight sports gear for battle. But it's not as though he went after the business. GoLite generally doesn't

Reebok Sees Earnings, Profits Rise, But CEO Gets No Raise

Although Reebok International Ltd. saw its profits rise smartly in 2002, the salary and bonus of chairman and chief executive Paul Fireman remained roughly the same at about $3.08 million, according to a proxy filed Monday to the Securities and Exchang

Oleksyk Takes Top Spot at Pride Golf Products Division

Rick Oleksyk has teed up to take command at Pride Golf Products Division, a Gaithersburg subsidiary of Pride/Softspikes Inc. Formerly known as Softspikes Inc., the manufacturer of plastic golf cleats merged in January with Pride Manufacturing Inc., a Gu

Kmart Posts $3.22 Billion Loss for 2002

Kmart Corporation reported total sales for the 52 weeks ended January 29, 2003 totaled $30.76 billion, compared with $36.15 billion in fiscal 2001. On a same-store basis, sales declined 10.1% in fiscal 2002 from the previous year. Kmart reported a net l

Converse May Delay IPO

Converse has reportedly canceled a conference call to discuss its planned $86 million Initial Public Offering. The IPO has been delayed to “uncertain global conditions” and stock market uncertainties over the start of the war in Iraq…

Vans Q3 Hit on Skatepark Charge…

It wasn’t long ago that the Vans skateparks represented a revolutionary approach to marketing the brand to the extreme sports crowd. The concept was once the envy of the industry – a marketing concept that pays for itself and eventually becomes a profit