ALPINE RESULTS: Rossignol SA, the French ski firm, reported Thursday that its sales for the fourth-quarter ended March 31 were up 0.7 percent at 83.2 million euros, or $109.2 million, from 82.6 million euros, or $102.6 million, year-on-year. For the company’s fiscal year 2004-2005, sales were down 0.25 percent at 477.4 million euros, or $596.5 million, versus 478.6 million euros, or $591 million, in the prior-year period. Dollar figures are at the average exchange rate. At constant exchange, Rossignol’s sales would have increased 2.4 percent. Rossignol was acquired by Quiksilver on March 23.

OUTDOOR BUY: French outdoor apparel firm Lafuma said Thursday that it signed a deal to acquire a 63.5 percent controlling stake in the French surf wear firm Oxbow. The firms announced last week that they were in talks. Lafuma said the acquisition will position it as Europe’s top outdoor apparel manufacturer. In a joint statement, the companies said the acquisition would strengthen Lafuma’s position across all categories, including outdoor, climbing, mountain sports and surfwear apparel. Lafuma said it would pay $13.66, or 10.75 euros, per Oxbow share.

This story first appeared in the May 13, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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