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  1. August 13, 2014

    Golf needs more young people to get interested and involved

    As Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler teed off in the last group of the Open Championship in July, golf’s future looked in safe...

  2. June 27, 2014

    Nike takes on Adidas in Brazil World Cup

    Germany versus the US in Thursday’s World Cup clash could have been a proxy for football’s biggest commercial battle this...

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  1. Special Report: Boldness in Business 2012

    Seven success stories are honoured in this year’s awards...
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  1. Business Blog

    June 15, 2014

    Managers wanted: must understand robots and humans

    Outsiders have been marvelling at the uncanny skills of robots for decades. In 1978, commentators on the FT’s “Technical...

  2. May 15, 2014

    Upwardly mobile - pop-up stores rise to retail challenge

    Standing inside a converted shipping container, Paul Hurley, the founder of Dum Dums Donutterie, talks customers through his...

  3. May 14, 2014

    Puma revenues dip as currency effects take their toll

    Puma, the German sportswear company, revealed a dip in revenues in the first quarter of the year with Asia hit particularly...

  4. April 24, 2014

    Chinese factory told to reimburse striking workers

    A local government in China has determined that the world’s largest manufacturer of sports shoes which supplies Adidas and...

  5. April 14, 2014

    How Sports Direct won a place in the premier league of retail

    Sports Direct has no official outpost in Verbier. But most weeks in winter, Mike Ashley, the sporting goods retailer’s...

  6. March 20, 2014

    Nike shares slip on 2015 growth forecast

    Currency headwinds, widening margins and cautious guidance for future growth triggered a 4 per cent slip in Nike shares...

  7. February 21, 2014

    Kering: marque of trouble

    Kering – the luxury goods group formerly known as PPR in case you’ve forgotten – likes to tell the world that its new name...

  8. February 21, 2014

    Kering profits slip on restructuring charges

    Kering, the luxury and lifestyle group, said deep restructuring charges and weaker sales at its flagship Gucci brand...

  9. February 20, 2014

    Puma sales worse than expected as brand tackles global image

    Puma, the German sportswear company, aims to position itself to global consumers as the “fastest sportswear brand in the...

  10. January 27, 2014

    Arsenal secures five-year kit deal with Puma

    Arsenal secured its biggest ever commercial deal by agreeing a five-year kit agreement with German sportswear company Puma....

  11. January 4, 2014

    Cambodia protesters call off rally after bloody crackdown

    PHNOM PENH, Jan 4 – Anti-government demonstrators said on Saturday they had called off a mass rally they had planned to...

  12. November 8, 2013

    Puma issues profit warning as it struggles with turnround

    Puma, the German sportswear company, has issued a profit warning and said that earnings would be “significantly below” those...

  13. July 25, 2013

    Luxury goods sales at France’s LVMH rise 6%

    LVMH, the French luxury group, said on Thursday that solid demand for its fashion and leather goods and wines and spirits...

  14. June 23, 2013

    ‘Green’ bookkeeping shows hidden cost of business as usual

    In 2010, Puma pioneered a new form of corporate reporting. The German sportswear company produced an environmental profit...

  15. June 16, 2013

    Luxury goods group PPR to spin off Fnac books chain

    Fnac, the high street music and books chain, will take on a new life as an independent company when it lists on the Paris...

  16. May 14, 2013

    Puma warns on sales and profits

    Puma underlined the challenge facing its incoming chief executive with a sales and profit warning after net earnings at the...

  17. April 18, 2013

    Puma poaches Pandora chief for top job

    Puma has lured Bjorn Gulden from Danish jewellery maker Pandora to take over as chief executive as the German sports goods...

  18. March 22, 2013

    PPR completes makeover with rebrand

    It may sound like a cross between a kipper and a herring, but ‘Kering’ is the new name that has been chosen for the owner of...

  19. March 15, 2013

    Cars enter the fashion world

    With the Formula One season getting under way in Australia this weekend, the focus has been on the cars and race times, not...

  20. February 28, 2013

    PPR races to keep sports in the running

    When Jean-François Palus was 12 years old, his father gave his sporty son his first pair of much cherished Puma rugby boots....

  21. February 15, 2013

    PPR: buyer beware chairman

    Was it the Citi note pointing to PPR as a possible takeover target? Was it the forecast-beating full-year results? Does it...

  22. February 15, 2013

    PPR shift to luxury near completion

    France’s PPR said that the group’s lengthy transformation from a retail conglomerate to one focused on two core businesses...

  23. beyondbrics

    December 21, 2012

    Vale - bearer of bad Q4 tidings

    This week just keeps getting worse for Vale. After warning shareholders on Wednesday of unexpected tax charges of $448m, the...

  24. December 20, 2012

    Adidas soaks up punches to bring success

    Here, in no particular order, are six ingredients of success in top-level sport – natural talent, hard work, luck, inferior...

  25. December 18, 2012

    Trafigura’s Puma IPO slated for 2014

    Any banker salivating over the prospect of handling a spin-off from commodities trading giant Trafigura might have to wait...

  26. December 13, 2012

    PPR chief dismisses China slowdown fears

    The scorching growth of the luxury sector might be cooling off a touch, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to...

  27. December 12, 2012

    Puma chief quits amid slower sales

    Puma is parting company with its chief executive of less than two years as owner PPR, the French retail group, implements a...

  28. October 25, 2012

    Luxury sales growth slows for PPR in Asia

    PPR, the French group that includes Gucci and Yves St Laurent, reported a slowing rate of sales growth for its luxury goods...

  29. October 24, 2012

    Puma weighs fresh cuts in fitness fight

    Puma is considering more short-term cost cuts in a fresh sign of the sports goods maker’s struggle for fitness amid the...

  30. October 23, 2012

    Luxury industry movers and shakers

    The lowdown: Beleaguered French luxury brand Cacharel has dismissed its chief executive of less than a year Pascal...

  31. October 8, 2012

    PPR explores spin-off of Fnac

    PPR is poised to announce that it is exploring a spin-off of Fnac, signalling a dearth of buyers for the books and music...

  32. October 8, 2012

    Puma pushes case for green shoes

    Puma has called for an end to what it says are “antiquated” and outdated import duties on synthetic materials that make it...

  33. October 4, 2012

    PPR nears sale of Redcats catalogue arm

    PPR is to announce the sale of all or part of its Redcats catalogue business before the end of the month, moving closer to...

  34. July 26, 2012

    Emerging markets buy into luxury

    Emerging market appetites for high-end handbags, fashionwear, champagne and cognac appeared to be holding up in the first...

  35. Material World

    July 26, 2012

    What should PPR do with its windfall?

    Even before its results announcement today, PPR had made some news: it was proceeding apace with its plan to dispose of...

  36. July 20, 2012

    Winning looks

     Great Britain: Stella McCartney and Adidas Imagine the pressure of designing the host nation’s Olympic kit, and the shame...

  37. July 18, 2012

    Puma hit by slowing demand in Europe

    Puma’s shares fell almost 5 per cent after the world’s third-largest sports goods company cut its full-year sales and...

  38. June 22, 2012

    Puma to kick leather into touch

    Puma will have to stop using leather in its famous football boots and trainers because it is such an environmentally...

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