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Jan 9, 2014

H&M lines up to compete in booming sportswear market

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Hennes & Mauritz
, the world’s second-biggest clothing retailer, is
launching a new sportswear line with the help of Sochi-bound
Swedish Olympians in a bid to outpace discounters like Primark
that are snapping at its heels.

The global sportswear market will grow more than 7 percent
in 2014, outpacing 5.8 percent growth for broader apparel,
according to Euromonitor. H&M hopes that by muscling into a
market seen to be worth $220 billion this year it can move away
from the cut-throat budget fashion area and towards
higher-margin products could help it copy the success of
Inditex’s mid-market fashion chain Zara.

Dec 18, 2013

TUI AG returns to dividends as restructuring continues apace

HANOVER, Germany, Dec 18 (Reuters) – German travel and
tourism group TUI AG said more work was needed to
turn around underperforming cruise and hotels businesses as it
targets underlying profit of 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in
two years’ time.

The company, which reported underlying earnings before
interest tax and amortisation (EBITA) for the year to
end-September up 2 percent, also said it would pay a 0.15 euro
per share dividend, the first since 2007, sending its shares to
a five-year high.

Dec 6, 2013

Nike and Adidas square off for Brazil World Cup in ongoing brand battle

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – In Brazil’s World Cup stadiums next summer, soccer teams from around the globe will battle for the famous golden trophy.

At the same time, another fight for global supremacy will be taking place – as Adidas takes on Nike in the next round of their tussle to be the world’s biggest sports brand.

Dec 3, 2013

Adidas says soccer, running will help it hit 2015 targets

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German sporting goods maker Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is counting on soccer, running and a host of new shirts and shoes to help it achieve profit and sales growth in 2014 and hit its 2015 goals, the company said on Tuesday.

Adidas, the world’s second largest sportswear maker behind Nike (NKE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), is aiming to increase sales to 17 billion euros in 2015 and increase its operating profit margin to 11 percent that year, compared with 11 billion and 7.5 percent in 2010.

Nov 26, 2013

Hugo Boss drops 2015 profit target on China slowdown

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German fashion house Hugo Boss (BOSSn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has abandoned its 2015 profit target, joining the ranks of luxury goods companies warning of slowing sales growth in China.

China has been the engine of the luxury goods industry in recent years, but a weakening in economic growth there, coupled with a crackdown on bribery, has tempered demand this year.

Nov 8, 2013

New Puma CEO seeks to return company to sporting roots

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s Puma (PUMG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will return to its sporting roots to restore growth to the struggling brand whose profits crashed 70 percent last year, the group’s new chief executive said.

Puma ranks a distant third in the sports apparel industry behind Nike (NKE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and CEO Bjoern Gulden’s turnaround plan breaks with the company’s efforts over two decades under former chief Jochen Zeitz to strike a chord with fashion-led consumers.

Nov 7, 2013

Adidas says football, running to help it beat Nike in Europe

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) forecast a $2.7 billion (1.7 billion pounds) boost to sales from next year’s football World Cup would help it over a tough 2013, and said it would fend off rival Nike (NKE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) in hotly-contested European markets with innovative running gear.

Adidas, the world’s No. 2 maker of sportswear and accessories, has struggled this year to maintain momentum after a big boost in 2012 from the Olympics and European football championship, and warned in September sales and profits would not rise as much as expected.

Nov 7, 2013

Adidas pins hopes on World Cup as profit, sales stumble

FRANKFURT, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Adidas said it was
looking ahead to the sales opportunities offered by next year’s
soccer World Cup in Brazil, after third quarter results showed
it continued to lose ground to larger rival Nike in
Europe.

Adidas, the world’s No. 2 maker of sports gear, said third
quarter operating profit dropped 6 percent while sales fell 7
percent, hit by distribution problems in Russia, currency
effects and poor sales of golfing products.

Nov 5, 2013

New products drive profits at upbeat Nivea maker Beiersdorf

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Beiersdorf (BEIG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the maker of Nivea creams and lotions, said it was gaining market share from rivals as new products at its consumer and adhesives divisions boosted profits and prompted it to increase its outlook for the year.

Beiersdorf reported a 17 percent jump in third-quarter operating profit on Tuesday, year-on-year, after it said late on Monday that it was upgrading its sales and profit outlook for 2013.

Oct 28, 2013

In Europe, stirrings of growth are talk of the season

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Down in the undergrowth of Europe’s economy, something is stirring.

Whether they make paper to pack peaches, recruit temps for secretarial work or work at the dirty end, handling the waste that all businesses produce, managers are talking about signs the gloom is lifting and hopes that growth is on its way back.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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