Global sports retailer, Decathlon – owner of the Caperlan fishing brand – increased its worldwide sales by 9% in 2019 to reverse a decline in its main market the previous year.
The French powerhouse ended last year with revenues of €12.4 billion ($13.3 billion) following the recovery in France, where the group's business dropped by 5% in 2018, resulting in what is believed to have been the slowest growth rate in a decade and – for the first time – a below double digit increase.
The company said: "In view of the current performance, we considered 2018 disappointing in terms of sales, but last year we remained faithful to our philosophy and corrected some mistakes. There is still a lot to do, but the horizon has been cleared again."
Currently Decathlon is present in 69 countries across the world, having added nine more in 2019, including markets in the US, Algeria, Malta, Japan, South Korea and Ukraine.
It reported that its number of employees over the year has risen from 87,000 to 93,000... Continue Reading
A NEW Zealand company has signed a sponsorship deal with last year's Bassmaster Classic Champion, Ott DeFoe, as it bids to gain a foothold in the US market.
Auckland-based, RAILBLAZA, which was founded in 2010, is a fast-growing maker of marine components. Its CEO, Ross Pratt, said: "We have been looking for a partner for some time to help us establish the company in the US bass boat market.
"Ott checked off all the boxes and we are very impressed with his professional approach. We look forward to working with him on both promoting our current product range, helping guide our R&D programme and further strengthening our relationship with the White River Marine Group."
DeFoe said he is impressed by the spirit of innovation at RAILBLAZA and its dedication in growing its business in the fibreglass boat market. "These guys are really doing their homework on what boaters need. I have no doubt that through working together, we will bring some truly innovative and resourceful products to market that anglers will really appreciate."
RAILBLAZA has signed on as the presenting sponsor of DeFoe's YouTube channel... Continue Reading
Customers of the UK's largest distributor of fishing tackle are currently enjoying an exclusive viewing of the company's latest products and those of its distribution partners.
Retailers from across Europe were invited to attend Leeda's sixth IceTackle* trade event which finishes today following a three-day run in the Buckinghamshire city of Milton Keynes.
Visitors are being given a sneak preview of new tackle from Leeda and its brands, Wychwood and MAP, alongside those from electronics giant Lowrance, cooler manufacturer Dometic, headtorches brand Petzl and O.Mustad & Son.
Swedish-based Dometic, and its sub-brand, Mobicool, are making their debuts at the show following the signing of a distribution agreement with Leeda last year.
Leeda Marketing Manager Pat MacInnes told Angling International that among the attractions at the show is a new range of luggage from Comforter, a Wychwood sub-brand. He said: “Luggage is a key area for the carp market and we have designed a mid-price range from scratch that we are sure will appeal to our dealers.”
Wychwood is also showing off its Tactical bivvy, which MacInnes explains has been completely redesigned to offer carp anglers an all-year-round shelter... Continue Reading
Italy’s top carp and catfish show celebrated last weekend’s event with a significant piece of news regarding its efforts to stamp out poaching in the country.
For the last five years the organiser of CarpItaly, Millennial Fair, has been working hard to highlight environmental issues and the harm done to fish stocks by poachers. At this year’s show conference, entitled Poaching: The Fish Mafia, attendees heard that a new law is being discussed by the Italian Government to take action against fish thieves.
Giovanni Sala, President of the Millennial Fair, said: “This is a significant development and a sign that CarpItaly has brought together fishermen, politicians and law enforcement agencies to achieve an important goal.”
The show itself, held at the Gonzaga Millennial Fair, attracted 12,000 visitors from various regions of Italy and other countries, including the UK, France, Austria, Germany and eastern Europe.
“Millennial Fair takes great pride in CarpItaly. The event was born out of a challenge – believing in a niche sector of fishing – and we have watched it grow throughout Europe not only as a successful commercial venture, but one with a concrete commitment to the environment,” added Sala.
“CarpItaly is officially recognised as an international event and receives the patronage of Italy’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies.”.. Continue Reading
Exhibitors from 15 countries attended last weekend’s FeHoVa fishing and hunting show, the largest event of its kind in eastern Europe.
More than 300 companies exhibited at the event in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, including tackle giants Daiwa, Shimano, Rapala and Svendsen Sport carp brand, Prologic. Closer to home, Hungarian companies at the event included Energofish, Haldorado, Cralusso, Maros-Mix, Dovit and Joker Floats.
The fishing arena boasted a 15% increase in exhibitors and covered a larger area than last year – 400sqm.
Energofish Product Manager Sàndor Sujkó told Angling International: “Although the attendance was on a par with last year, the show was extraordinarily busy for us as we entertained anglers and many of our retailer partners at our booth.
“It was a great opportunity for us to present our latest products to our customers who we invited over the first two days of the event. We showed off around 350 OEM products and also introduced items from the Sonik Sports and Navitas brands, which the company started to distribute last year.
“Both anglers and retailers were particularly interested in our new liquid aromas, hookbaits and groundbaits. Feeder fishermen came to have a look at our new Method Egg and groundbaits that we had featured on Facebook a couple of days before the show.”
Sujkó added: “A good indicator of a consumer show is how much is spent by anglers..Continue Reading
The UK's largest fishing tackle retailer, which replaced its CEO last week, has announced that it expects a loss ‘of not more than’ £500,000 before tax for the year ended January 31st, 2020.
Angling Direct said that a disappointing post-Christmas trading period, which was hit by flooding in many regions of the UK, impacted on its profits.
The company’s leader for the last 17 years, Darren Bailey, resigned last week and was replaced by Andy Torrance, who joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in October 2019.
The company said it expected to report revenue for the period of £53.1m, an increase of 26.5% compared with the same period in the previous year (2019: £42m). It continued to grow sales both instore and online. Bricks and mortar sales were up 41.3% to £27.9m and 12% on a like-for-like basis.
Online sales grew to £25.2m, an increase of 13.3%, with growth across its European networks which include Germany (24.6%), France (70.9%) and the Netherlands (86.7%). Total international sales increased by 7.6% to £5m, accounting for 19.9% of total online sales.
It told investors: “Notwithstanding the strong growth the company has delivered this year, a disappointing trading period post-Christmas, influenced by exceptional winter flooding, has impacted profits. The lower levels of fishing activity meant that the higher margin, consumable products were hit disproportionately.”
It added that it continues to have a..Continue Reading
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