Rugby World Cup favourites New Zealand’s All-Blacks have one of the most valuable brands in rugby and are embarking on  new merchandising tie-ups including perfumes and milk. (Photograph:Phil Walter/Getty Images) 5:38

The All Blacks will use their team bus to change out of their training gear during the Rugby World Cup,  an inconvenience the New Zealand supe(...)

 German sportswear company Adidas has engaged an investment bank to consider the possible sale of its golf brands, which are struggling as the sport loses popularity, particularly in the United States, its biggest market.  (Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters)

German sportswear company Adidas has engaged an investment bank to consider the possible sale of its golf brands, which are struggling as the sport l(...)

Waisake Naholo is tackled by Argentina’s Tomas Cubelli during New Zealand’s 39-18 victory Christchurch. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Waisake Naholo briefly ignited, gliding past four Argentinian bodies before two tacklers hauled the 102kg winger to earth. “You might not think he’s m(...)

Jordan Spieth: added the US Open to his Masters title last weekend. His performance at Augusta was reckoned to be worth almost $34 million in exposure to Under Armour.

Kevin Plank started Under Armour in the basement of his grandmother’s house in Washington, DC in 1996. With $15,000 in cash, a crazy notion to create(...)

Hong Kong: imported goods are much more expensive than they are in the southeastern city of China, for example, and are about 20 per cent higher than in Europe on average. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Irish manufacturers of skincare products, nappies or Western-style clothes or shoes, take heed. From this month, China will cut import taxes on a rang(...)

The Occulus virtual skydive, created by Vienna university.

It may not be as well-known as the Dublin Web Summit, but the Pioneers Festival in Vienna has plenty to offer for wannabe entrepreneurs, including rel(...)

Alibaba worked with 40 brands including Nike and Adidas last year to remove fake athletic shoes, watches and bags on the company’s largest retail platform Taobao Marketplace

Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce operator, rejected claims in a lawsuit by Kering that it facilitates the sale of counterfeit merchandise. Kering (...)

Jamie Cudmore in his eye-catching footwear in the Champions Cup final against Toulon. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore drew some attention in the build-up to the European Rugby Champions Cup final for his choice of footwear. Laced high above(...)

Bank of Ireland gained 1.35 per cent to close the day at 37.5 cents. Its chief executive, Richie Boucher, said the bank would in future look to grow in the UK through bolt-on acquisitions, though he indicated there were no immediate plans. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

European stocks rose yesterday, trimming their worst weekly loss of the year, as the Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.3 per cent. The market in Dubli(...)

Adidas predicted profit growth for this year that matched analysts’ predictions for the struggling German sportswear maker as it pours money into catching up to larger rival Nike. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Adidas forecast a partial rebound in earnings this year as the struggling German sportswear maker pours money into catching larger rival Nike in Ameri(...)