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Oct 6, 2013

Dirndls and brass: Oktoberfest mania spreads beyond beer festival

Munich (Reuters) – A decade ago, waitresses at Oktoberfest were the only ones in dirndls, the Bavarian peasant-inspired, corseted dresses featuring white blouses and colored aprons, and trendy Berliners wouldn’t dream of dancing to oompah music in public.

Now, Munich’s annual beer festival is a sea of traditionally-clad tourists, with revelers from as far away as Canada, Mexico and Iran donning dirndls or the equivalent outfits for men – lederhosen and checked shirts.

Oct 1, 2013

Adidas calls in fitness experts to revive Reebok

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Reebok is turning to sponsorship deals with prominent fitness groups to try to revive a venerable name that has faded since it became part of Germany’s Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) sportswear group eight years ago.

The sports shoe and clothing brand is winning converts among hardcore sports enthusiasts and aims to build on this support to make up ground it has lost to rivals such as global market leader Nike (NKE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Sep 25, 2013

Selling pizza to the Germans proving tough for Domino’s

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Can a British food chain with U.S. origins sell Italian pizza to the Germans?

Domino’s Pizza (DOM.L: Quote, Profile, Research) is sure it can, but two years after launching a drive for explosive growth across Germany, Britain’s biggest pizza delivery firm accepts that expansion will take longer and be harder than first expected.

Sep 25, 2013

Selling pizza to the Germans proving tough for Britain’s Domino’s

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Can a British food
chain with U.S. origins sell Italian pizza to the Germans?

Domino’s Pizza is sure it can, but two years after
launching a drive for explosive growth across Germany, Britain’s
biggest pizza delivery firm accepts that expansion will take
longer and be harder than first expected.

Sep 19, 2013

Adidas scraps 2013 goals as Russia, wet golf season weigh

FRANKFURT, Sept 19 (Reuters) – German sports apparel maker
Adidas warned on 2013 profit on Thursday, saying
adverse currency effects, a distribution problem in Russia and
poor trading at its golf business meant targets were no longer
attainable.

The group, second behind market leader Nike in the
$245 billion global sportswear market, had already lowered its
2013 sales target last month after weak European trading and
unfavourable currency movements hit second-quarter results.

Sep 17, 2013

German investor sentiment brightens on euro zone outlook

MANNHEIM, Germany (Reuters) – German analyst and investor sentiment jumped more than expected in September thanks to the improved outlook for the euro zone, a survey showed on Tuesday in welcome news for Chancellor Angela Merkel who is seeking a third term in an election on Sunday.

A monthly poll of economic sentiment rose to 49.6 from 42.0 in August, ZEW economic think tank said, reaching the highest level since April 2010 and surpassing the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll for a rise to 46.0.

Aug 16, 2013

Travel firms cancel holidays as violence grips Egypt

FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) – Violence sweeping Egypt hit the nation’s tourism industry on Friday as European governments warned holidaymakers to stay away from its Red Sea resorts, prompting some travel agents to stop all trips to Egypt.

German tour operators Thomas Cook Germany and TUI Germany, part of Europe’s largest tour operator TUI Travel, canceled all trips to Egypt after the German foreign ministry advised against travelling to the beach resorts popular with European sun-seekers and divers.

Aug 8, 2013

Adidas cuts sales outlook on weak Europe and currency moves

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German sporting goods firm Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) cut its sales forecast for 2013 after weak European trading and adverse currency movements took their toll in the second quarter.

The world’s second largest maker of sportswear and goods after Nike (NKE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it now expected group sales to rise by a low to mid single-digit percentage in 2013, compared with previous guidance for a mid single-digit rate.

Aug 8, 2013

Adidas cuts sales outlook on currency moves, weak Europe

FRANKFURT, Aug 8 (Reuters) – German sporting goods firm
Adidas cut its sales forecast for 2013 after adverse
currency moves and lacklustre European trading took their toll
in the second quarter.

The world’s second largest maker of sportswear after Nike
said it now expected group sales to rise by a low to mid
single-digit percentage in 2013, compared with previous guidance
for a mid single-digit rate.

Aug 7, 2013

Nivea maker Beiersdorf sees sales growing faster than market

FRANKFURT, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Nivea skin cream maker
Beiersdorf AG said it planned to outperform rivals in
2013, predicting sales growth of between 5 and 6 percent as new
shower and anti-ageing products help it gain market share.

Under Chief Executive Stefan Heidenreich, the Hamburg,
northern German-based company has cut back on some areas like
make-up but has brought out new products, such as a moisturiser
that can be used in the shower, a stress-busting deodorant and
an anti-ageing skincare range.

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