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REI's Exclusive Deal to Sell German Bike Brand Underscores Potency of Growing Partnership with Accell
REI's announcement last week that it would become the exclusive dealer for a German mountain bike brand owned by Accell Group of The Netherlands strengthened the hands of both companies as they seek to increase their shares of premium bike sales in the United States...(9/26/2014)
Vail Resorts: Park City Already Giving Epic Pass Sales a Lift
Vail Resorts Inc. are hardly exaggerating when they describe their Sept. 11 acquisition of Park City Mountain Resort as "transformative." In the weeks since, Salt Lake City has launched its "Ski City USA" ad campaign, California's two largest ski resort companies have agreed to merge and integrate their season pass programs and sales of Vail Resorts Epic Pass have surged...(9/26/2014)
Patagonia, National Park Scarred by First Ascent Depicted in Catalog
Patagonia pledged to review how it vets photos used in its catalogs after learning that climbers depicted making a first ascent in a September, 2011 book were later fined by the National Park Service for installing bolts and moving rocks at the site...(9/26/2014)
VFC CEO Says Timberland Opportunity is Staggering
Timberland will produce record results this year and grow sales more than 80 percent by the end of 2019, by focusing on "the outdoor lifestyler," a consumer who looks for style, performance and green in that order, VF Corp. executives said in their first deep dive with investors on the brand, which they acquired in 2011. VFC estimates annual spending by outdoor lifestylers reached $36 billion in just eight of the more than 80 countries where Timberland sells...(9/20/2014)
New Report Scores Apparel Brands' Efforts to Clean up Chinese Supply Chains
Athletic brands outscored outdoor brands in a groundbreaking report two non-profits prepared to evaluate - and help consumers evaluate - what apparel brands are doing to improve environmental practices in their Chinese supply chains...(9/20/2014)
Lafuma Group Back in the Black Six Months After Calida Group Investment
Calida Group of Switzerland said it has restored Lafuma Group to profitability just six months after acquiring control of the French outdoor company...(9/20/2014)
Gibbon Slacklines and Former Distributor Facing off in U.S.
Six weeks after their break up, Germany's Gibbon Slacklines and its U.S. distributor are racing to sign up dealers and athletes. So far they both claim to have REI and a handful of elite slackliners on board...
Bass Pro Shops Hires M&A Firm
Bass Pro Shops has hired a firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions to study ways to raise capital, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal...(9/19/2014)