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    Next to sell the Gap brand in the U.K., Ireland


    The British apparel retailer Next has reached an agreement under which it will sell the Gap brand in the U.K. and Ireland after the U.S. brand decided to close its own stores in those markets. The two groups have created a joint venture to operate Gap’s e-commerce business across Next’s ...

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    Brazilian exports return to pre-Covid levels in volume


    In the first eight months of 2021, Brazilian footwear exports rose by 33.4 percent year-over-year in volume to 75.2 million pairs and by 23.9 percent in value to $541.34 million, according to data released by the trade association Abicalçados. When compared with the first eight months of 2019, exports fell ...

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    Crocs wants to triple sales in five years


    Crocs said it is targeting an operating margin of at least 26 percent on annual sales of $5 billion by 2026, with 50 percent of the turnover or more due to be generated through digital channels. This would compare with an adjusted operating margin of 18.9 percent in 2020 on ...

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    Inditex posts record results in Q2


    Inditex, the Spanish group that owns the brands Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Uterqüe, posted record results in the second quarter ended July 31, as sales rose by 7 percent at constant currency rates compared with the second quarter of 2019, which was not affected by the ...

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    Extended Covid restrictions in Vietnam are hitting companies hard


    Footwear brands expected to suffer considerable damage from a decision by Vietnamese authorities to extend their strict Covid-19 restrictions in the Ho Chi Minh City region until the end of the month. They were originally scheduled to be lifted on Sept. 15, but the measures taken so far have prevented ...

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    JD raises FY guidance after record-setting H1 profits


    JD Sports Fashion reported a profit before exceptional items and taxes of 439.5 million pounds (€515.1m-$608.8m) for the first half ended July 31, up sharply from £61.9 million in the same period a year ago, as acquisitions, the U.S. government’s stimulus package and pent-up demand allowed it to rebound strongly ...

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    Primark benefits from pent-up demand, sees inventories declining


    Associated British Foods (ABF) expects the adjusted operating profit of its food business and Primark to exceed its expectation for the fourth quarter ending Sept. 18. “Primark’s operating profit margin in the period was strong despite lower than expected sales,” ABF said in a statement. Primark is expected to post ...

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    Kantar Media Reactions study 2021 sees local advertising strong besides digital channels


    Research and consulting agency Kantar has just released its Media Reactions 2021 study, informed by the opinions of over 14,500 consumers covering over 290 brands in 23 markets and 900 senior marketers worldwide. The report gives some interesting insight into the changes in the media landscape reflected by the popularity ...

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    For the first time an official Chinese delegation is present at Micam


    For the first time an official Chinese delegation will be present at Micam, which is being held from Sept. 19 to 21 at the Fieramilano Rho exhibition center at the outskirts of Milan. The German footwear and leather association HDS/L will also be debuting at the show. Despite China being ...

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    Tod’s sees full-year sales reaching €800m


    Tod’s believes that its sales could rebound to about €800 million this year, compared with €637.1 million in 2020 when business was severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The top line would still be significantly below the €916.0 million posted in 2019. In a conference call, Emilio Macellari, the chief ...

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    ​Italian footwear output rises 12.9% in H1


    Italian footwear production rose by 12.9 percent in the first half of 2021 against the same period in 2020, when the industry was affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. But, output remained 26.3 percent below the level seen in the first half of 2019, according to data from ...

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    Ferragamo’s strong retail showing continues after profitable H1


    Salvatore Ferragamo continued to enjoy strong revenue growth in directly-operated stores (DOS) in the U.S., China, South Korea and Latin America in August compared both with the year earlier and 2019, as it unveiled a better-than-expected Ebit target for the full year on the back of a sharp improvement in ...

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    Caleres benefits from full-price selling and plans price increases from Q4


    In the second quarter ended July 31, Caleres posted record quarterly earnings driven by more full-price selling and lower promotional activity as a result of tighter inventories due to disruptions and delays across the supply chain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The group’s inventories were about 28 percent below the ...

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    Genesco sees lower Q3 margins on higher freight costs after strong Q2


    Genesco forecast that its margins will be squeezed in the third quarter of its 2022 fiscal year amid persistent supply chain challenges and resulting higher freight costs that are seen lasting at least until the end of the year. The warning comes after the American retailer posted better-than-expected profits and ...

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    Birkenstock invests €100m to expand Görlitz plant, build new factory


    Birkenstock announced two investment projects worth a combined €100 million and aimed at increasing brand awareness and strengthening its position in the market as a premium manufacturer of German-made shoes. Birkenstock will invest €50 million in its factory in Görlitz, in the eastern Saxony region, and a similar ...

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    Sequential files for bankruptcy protection


    After many loss-making quarters and the sale of four brands - Heelys, DVS Footwear, Caribbean Joe and Ellen Tracy - earlier this year, the heavily indebted Sequential Brands Group commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Aug. 31 to protect it ...

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    U.K. regulator still opposes JD’s takeover of Footasylum


    Leaving the door open for comments by Sept. 16 before making a final decision in October, the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) restated on Sept. 2 its provisional ban on JD Sports Fashion’s already completed acquisition of the Footasylum, in spite of criticism expressed by the Competition Appeal Tribunal ...

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    Prada requires health pass or Covid testing for Italian staff


    Starting Sept. 6, Prada is asking its over 3,000 workers in Italy to submit proof of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery from the virus to access its facilities. As of that date, employees of the luxury group in Milan and the Tuscany region will be asked to show the digital Covid ...

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    ​Designer Brands gains market share in athleisure, kids’ footwear


    In the second quarter ended July 31, Designer Brands posted a 66.9 percent year-on-year increase in net sales to $817.3 million, with comparable sales up by 84.9 percent as it continues to focus on athleisure and kids’ footwear. The U.S. retail business posted an 83.5 percent increase in sales to ...

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    Allbirds files for IPO but remains loss-making


    Allbirds, the B Corporation certified Californian brand of footwear and apparel, has filed an application with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering. The document indicates the size of the transaction at $100 million, which is an estimation solely made to define the registration fee of ...