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UK trader adds 27th store and reports record start to 2019

Angling Direct’s like-for-like store sales jumped 28.5% in February and March, according to figures announced by the UK retail chain yesterday. Overall store sales were up by 50.7%.

The record start, driven by both in-store and online sales, prompted a surge in the share price of 12% during early trading.

In a trading update, the Norwich-based retailer said online orders for February and March were up 27% compared to.. Read More

Bassmaster Classic 2020 to return to its Alabama roots

The 50th Bassmaster Classic is set to return home to its Alabama roots in 2020. The world championship bass fishing tournament and the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo will be held from March 6 to 8 next year in Birmingham. The competition will be fished on Lake Guntersville, with..

Abel rocks with limited edition US-made AC/DC reel

Top US fly reel manufacturer, Abel, has shown its rock credentials with the launch of a new limited edition model. The award-winning Montrose, Colorado-based company is paying homage to Australian super group AC/DC – the band with the highest-selling album of all-time – with the launch of the..

Industry welcomes new 12-month fishing licence for California

The approval of a 12-month fishing licence in California comes as welcome news to the state’s fishing tackle industry. The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the Californian Sportfishing League and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) are among more than 20 organisations that have been campaigning for the move. Currently..

French retail giant opens first full major store in US

Sporting goods retailer Decathlon, owner of the Caperlan fishing tackle brand, has opened its first full US store. The company, which has more than 1,500 locations across Europe, Asia and Australia, test launched a smaller ‘lab store’ in San Francisco last year. But the new 47,000 square feet..

Record sales for GO Outdoors and Fishing Republic owner

The owner of two of the UK’s biggest fishing tackle retailers has reported a 15.4% increase in pre-tax profits for the year ended February 1st, 2019 and a 49.2% increase in revenue. JD Sports Fashion, parent company of GO Outdoors and Fishing Republic, saw sales in its Outdoor..

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