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Sneakerheads rejoice - Adidas Originals’ much-loved Stan Smith trainers have been reissued, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Tapie rules out Adidas sale after Pentland exit

BERNARD TAPIE, the chief executive of Adidas, said yesterday that the sportswear group was no longer for sale after Pentland of Britain pulled out of a planned buyout.

Tapie furious as Pentland calls off 215m pounds deal to buy Adidas

HARSH words were exchanged yesterday as Pentland of the UK unexpectedly scrapped a pounds 215m deal to buy Adidas, the German sports goods company, from Bernard Tapie, the French businessman.

Abbott Mead raises interim payout 7%

ABBOTT Mead Vickers, the advertising agency best known for its Sainsbury's and Yellow Pages campaigns, is shrugging off tough trading conditions to boost its interim dividend 7 per cent to 3p, writes Neil Thapar.

Pentland plans sales push for Adidas

PENTLAND INDUSTRIES is planning a pounds 60m worldwide advertising campaign to boost the market share of Adidas, the sportswear company it acquired for about pounds 230m in July.

Fashion: Athletes seek the tight stuff: Tamsin Blanchard examines the changing shape of what's worn

SPORTSWEAR companies are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of the Barcelona Olympics, which begin on Saturday, and the marketing bonanza that will follow.

Ex-champion awaiting a comeback

IN SPORTING terms, Pentland has inherited a star whose best days are behind him but who is ripe for a comeback.

Pentland pays 215m pounds for rest of Adidas

PENTLAND, the leisure investment group, is acquiring Adidas, the world's second-biggest sportswear company, owned by Bernard Tapie, the controversial French politician and entrepreneur.

Hi-Tec value slumps after profit warning

SHARES in Hi-Tec Sports collapsed 40 per cent to 106p after the footwear company issued a surprise profits warning.
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