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Sports Executive Weekly

Sports Executive Weekly has quickly become one of the most trusted and widely distributed trade newsletters servicing the Sporting Goods, Athletic Footwear, and Athletic Apparel markets.  SEW, as it has quickly become known in the industry, provides comprehensive coverage, in-depth analysis, and unique insight into the the trade news of the week.  Sports Executive Weekly is delivered via e-mail each week in printer-friendly Adobe PDF format and can also be downloaded directly from this site by clicking on the "Download Past Newsletters" link to the right.

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Big 5 Execs Say Malaise Added to Second Quarter Comps Decline
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. attributed 190 basis points of a 490-basis-point decline in same-store sales during the fourth quarter ended June 29 to a “retail malaise,” and expects margin pressure to increase in the current quarter as its ups sepending on promotions to clear carryover winter goods and sell firearms and ammo...(7/31/2014)

Fitness Tracker Sales Turbo Charge Garmin’s Q2 Sales and Margins
Garmin Ltd. reported sales by its Fitness segment soared 79 percent in the second quarter ended June 28 as consumers snapped up its Vivofit fitness trackers as well as a new cycling computer and Forerunner smart watches. The growth more than offset disappointing sales of the company’s first action sports camera, which prompted Garmin to downgrade guidance for its Outdoor segment...(7/30/2014)

Ruger Sees Firearms Weakening Further in Q2
With delays in planned launches and further eroding market conditions for firearms, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. reported second-quarter revenues fell 13.4 percent to $153.7 million. Estimated sell-through of Ruger products from independent distributors to retailers were down 31 percent in the quarter, worsening from the 11 percent decline seen in the six months...(7/30/2014)

Groupe Go Sport's !H Losses Double Despite Q2 Sales Rebound
French sporting goods retailer Groupe Go Sport reported its losses more than doubled in the first half ended June 30, despite a dramatic turnaround in second quarter sales...(7/30/2014)

Americas a Bright Spot for Puma Q2
Puma said sales of World Cup soccer boots and national team shirts as well as new Arsenal jerseys beat its internal targets. Other positive developments included a mid-single digit gain in the Americas region and a double-digit gain in apparel globally. Overall earnings, however, fell sharply on flat sales as Puma said it continued to make steady progress with its turnaround efforts...(7/29/2014)

Active Brands Outpace Iconix’s Q2 Revenue Gains
Led by Umbro, Starter, and Danskin, Iconix Brand Group said its active brands are a “fast growing part of our company” and are expected to represent over 20 percent of its business this year. Said Seth Horowitz, Iconix’s COO, on a conference call with analysts, "Danskin now continues to be the core opening price point athletic brand at Wal-Mart, and Wal-Mart is furthering its commitment to the brand and will improve the assortment and in store presentation,”...(7/29/2014)

Columbia’s European Footwear Sales Drive Impressive Q2 Growth
Columbia Sportswear Co. reported its once struggling European business generated nearly half its revenue growth in the second quarter, led by growth in sales of Columbia-branded lightweight hiking footwear, a category that is playing a key role in establishing Columbia as a four-season brand...(7/27/2014)

Newell Rubbermaid to Pay Rich Multiple for Contigo and Avex Brands
North Castle Partners has agreed to sell Ignite USA LLC for nearly 2.5 times projected 2014 sales to Newell Rubbermaid just 17 months after investing in the company alongside its owner and CEO Sami El-Saden...(7/27/2014)

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