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NPD: “Athleisure” Lifestyle Drives Fashion Sales Growth in 2014

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Port Washington, NY—Total U.S. apparel, footwear and accessories sales in 2014 were up1% due primarily to growth in activewear, athletic performance footwear and bags. According to The NPD Group, Inc., the global information company, U.S. consumers spent $323 billion on apparel, footwear, and accessories last year. The additional $2 billion …

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Skechers Sues Adidas for Patent Infringement

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Manhattan Beach, CA—Don’t step on Skechers USA’s toes. On Thursday, the athletic footwear company said it filed a lawsuit against larger rival Adidas AG’s Reebok International Ltd, alleging “infringement of patents” related to Skechers’ Go Walk footwear. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief for infringing Skechers’ …

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Trade Associations Urge End of Cambodian Unrest

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Arlington, VA—The six leading North American trade associations representing apparel and footwear brands and retailers, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Fashion Industry …

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German Court Blocks Adidas in Battle with Nike over New Knit Shoes

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Beaverton, OR—Nike is claiming victory in a first round battle with athletic footwear rival Adidas over recently introduced knitted footwear that both companies have described as a major technological advance in athletic footwear. On Monday, the District Court in Nuremberg, Germany, granted Nike’s request for an interim injunction against Adidas …