Chairman, JD Sports Fashion
Peter Cowgill continues to feature well above his sportswear rivals on the Drapers power list, but has slipped a little after fashion sales. The group as a whole performed strongly this year, with pre-tax profits up 14.5% to £14.2m for the six months to August 1.
However, like-for-like sales at JD’s fashion ranges, which include Bank and Scotts, fell 2.4% over the period.
The launch of discount sportswear website Getthelabel.com in April saw Cowgill set up in competition with M and M Direct to sell clearance clothing and footwear from brands including Adidas, Fred Perry and Lacoste.
The acquisition of French sports footwear chain Chausport in May also gave the group a foothold on the European market via 78 retail stores.
Cowgill quickly followed this up with the purchase of two rugby brands, Kooga in July and Canterbury in August