JD Sports announces plans to merge Iberian business with SportZone

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British sports retailer JD Sports has announced plans to combine its Spanish and Portuguese business with local company Sport Zone, in a plan to create the second-largest sports retailer in Iberia.

JD Group will own 50 per cent of a new “Iberian Sports Retail Group”, with a further 20 per cent held by the family shareholders of JD Sprinter, the Spanish business in which it bought a controlling stake in 2011.

The remaining 30 per cent will be held by Portuguese retail group Sonae.

JD said the combined group will have revenues of €450m, 15 per cent higher than JD’s total European revenues last year. It said the deal “will generate further scale, momentum and resources to continue the current growth of the JD Group.”

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