Together, the Nike group and the Adidas Group made up 57.9 percent of the global athletic footwear market in 2013, according to an annual study by one of our sister publications, Sporting Goods Intelligence Europe. While the Adidas Group remained slightly ahead of Nike Inc. in the sports apparel sector, the Nike group, comprising the Swoosh and Converse, raised its global market share in sports shoes by 1.2 percentage point to 38.9 percent, including a market share of 47.1 percent in the U.S. and of 33.9 percent in the rest of the world. Adding up the Three Stripes, Reebok and its golf shoe segment, the Adidas Group's share declined in contrast by one percentage point to 19.0 percent, with shares of 9.7 percent in the U.S. and 24.6 percent elsewhere. All the other players came out with lower market shares. Led by Vans and Timberland, VF Corporation was a distant third with an improved share of 6.9 percent of the global sports shoe market. Other impressive gains were scored by New Balance, Skechers, Fila, Brooks and Under Armour. The full chart is available in SGI Europe.