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VF, Vista Outdoor, Wolverine Worldwide Top Most-Read SGB Articles for November

November 2023 featured to usual articles for the start of the holiday shopping season and the end of the retail fiscal quarter, but it was a dramatic job cutting announcement from VF Corporation, parent of The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Dickies and Jansport that got the most attention over the 30-day period.

Consumer Confidence Rebounds in November

U.S. consumer confidence rose in November after three straight monthly declines, with U.S. consumers planning big-ticket purchases, including motor vehicles and houses, over the next six months despite higher prices and interest rates.

Vista Outdoor Appoints Co-CEOs Ahead of Split

As part of the previously announced plan to sell its ammo business to Czechoslovak Group and change the company’s name to Revelyst, Vista Outdoor, Inc. named Eric Nyman and Jason Vanderbrink as co-chief executive officers in a regulatory filing.

Bigshot Archery Acquires Delta McKenzie Targets

Targets will continue to be sold and marketed under the Bigshot and Delta McKenzie brand names and Bigshot will continue to be represented by MWS Associates while Delta McKenzie will continue to be represented by Summit Outdoor Sales.

Newell Brands Adds New Board Member

Effective January 1, 2024, Anthony Terry, recently retired executive vice president and chief financial officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp., will serve on the company’s Board of Directors.

ICSC Releases Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Survey Results

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) reported the results of its post-Thanksgiving weekend survey*, which showed that over half of respondents (56 percent) noted that they shopped just as much or more than in the past, an increase of 6 percent from its 2022 survey.

5.11 Tactical to Transition Senior Leadership

Francisco J. Morales, co-founder and former CEO will be promoted to executive chair of the Board of Directors, while 5.11 Board member Troy R. Brown will become CEO, effective January 1, 2024.

American Outdoor Brands Sales Grow Mid-Singles in Fiscal Q2

Second quarter earnings per share was down by two-thirds despite a 6.2 percent increase in sales. The shooting sports category saw a slight decline in net sales by that decline was offset by growth in the outdoor lifestyle category.

Ski-Doo Parent Company Reports Q3 Lift from N.A. Snowmobile Sales

BRP Inc.’s North American Powersports Products retail sales were flat year-over-year for the third quarter, reportedly driven by the strong retail sales of Snowmobiles offsetting declines elsewhere. North American retail sales for Marine Products decreased 30 percent.

Academy Sports Trims Guidance on Q3 Shortfall

The retailer narrowed its full-year guidance to the lower end of prior expectations as third-quarter sales and earnings arrived below expectations. The retailer blamed generally soft consumer spending and warm weather’s impact on fall selling.

Duluth Trading Posts Wider Fiscal Q3 Loss as Sales Decline

The retailer posted a net loss of $10.5 million, or a loss of 32 cents per diluted share, in the quarter, compared to a loss of $6.2 million, or a loss of 19 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Net sales decreased 6.1 percent to $138.2 million.