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The Outdoor Industry Compass

Launched in 2008 as the ideal complement of SGI Europe, The Outdoor Industry Compass remains the most authoritative and comprehensive business newsletter on the outdoor market in Europe, focusing on suppliers, distributors and retailers operating anywhere in this important region of the world, including the major international brands of outdoor footwear, apparel and equipment. The Outdoor Industry Compass is published in English a minimum of 25 times a year and can be received by e-mail or regular mail. It is only available by subscription. Our SGI Europe subscribers benefit from a 50% discount on their subscription to the Outdoor Industry Compass.

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Sept. 2, 2014
Vol. 7 - N° 19 + 20
Summary of the issue
  • Amer aims for higher profits
  • Deuter to review selective distribution
  • Mammut grows by 5.7%
  • Global outdoor footwear up 7.4%
  • Missing Link regroups, cuts costs
  • Founder leaves Five Ten
  • Ex Officio wants more in Europe
  • Prana wants more retail
  • Vasque to build European platform
  • Gramicci into licensing mode
  • Sales' rebound for Johnson
  • Confluence in takeover talks
ManagementAltra, Black Diamond, Camelbak, Cocona, Crocs, Deckers, Häglofs, Icebreaker , Keen, Regatta

Distribution & RetailAmer Sports, GSI Outdoors, Jack Wolfskin, Timbuk2, UV-Buddy

OthersBergans of Norway, Deckers, EOCA, FESI, Goal Zero, Hi-Tec, Houdini, Intersport, ISPO, Keela, Mammut, Nomad, Outdoor Retailer, Patagonia, Petzl, Primaloft, Skins, Sport Panel, Ultimo Outdoor, VF Corporation

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August 4, 2014
Vol. 7 - N°17 + 18
Summary of the issue
  • Big growth for outdoor footwear globally
  • Jack Wolfskin goes solo on the web
  • Further softening in the Korean market
  • Lower attendance at Asia Outdoor
  • Sanfo pushes running and online sales
  • Fraspens goes public
  • Amer stagnates, but not in footwear and apparel, maps new strategies
  • Europe and footwear lift Columbia
  • Lafuma's sales drop in repositioning
  • International and retail drive Deckers
  • Timberland names brand president
  • Point65 buys a kayak firm
CorporateBlack Diamond, Conzzeta, Five Seasons, Ignite, Horny Toad.

Management & DistributionAmer, Calida Group, Cascade Design, Ferrino, Five Ten, Footbalance, Johnson Outdoors, Meindl, MGM, Nikwax, Primaloft, Sea to Summit, Vasque, Viking.

OthersAMG, Crocs, Five Seasons, Garmin, Go Pro, High Sierra, Keen, Invista, Jarden, Tom Tom, Nikwax, OIA, Pacsafe, Pentland, R'adys, Reda Rewolution, Salomon, The North Face, Toyota Tsusho.
July 21, 2014
Vol. 7 - N° 15 + 16
Summary of the issue
  • Chinese market rises more reasonably
  • NPD points to flat European market
  • More upbeat visitors for OutDoor fair
  • Double-digit sales hike for TNF
  • Ternua owners buy Lorpen
  • Fenix Outdoor becomes Swiss
  • Higher sales for German buying groups
  • Mammut quits sales to SDI
  • L-Fashion rejigs management to invest in Asia and franchising
  • Klättermusen to clean up assortment
  • Ark expands into food and more
  • Thule moves into outdoor backpacks
  • New owners revamp eVent
  • Katadyn reports stable sales for 2013
  • Wolverine streamlines
Management & DistributionCascade Designs, Currex, Footbalance, Kailas, Kozi Kidz, Montane, Osprey,Ortovox, Páramo, Regatta, Timbuk2, etc.

OthersAaron Feuerstein, Alfa Sko, Barry Kooijmans, Buff, Columbia, Didriksons, Downlite, Ecco, Haglöfs, HeiQ, Hi-Tec, Houdini, Jack Wolfskin, Kodiak, LaCrosse, Outdoor Retailer, Primus, Thermacell,Thermore, Timberland ,Toray, Vibram, etc.

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