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NIKE TO REDUCE MARKETING BUDGET AND RE-EVALUATE STRATEGIES
Published March 24, 1998
Nike "will slash its global marketing budget" by $100M for the FY starting June 1, "and over the next six months will re-evaluate its strategies," according to Jeff Jensen of AD AGE. Nike's '97 marketing budget was an estimated $891M. Nike Chair Phil Knight "holds marketing partly to blame for the company's recent woes" and will put its new "I can" campaign from Wieden & Kennedy up for "reassessment." Knight: "Our problem has not been too much marketing, but too much ineffective marketing" (AD AGE, 3/23 issue). FOOT SOLDIERS: In N.Y., Jennifer Steinhauer examines whether a slowdown of Nike sales will impact Woolworth's Foot Locker stores. Analysts estimate that Woolworth controls about 16% of the U.S. athletic footwear market, and about 40% of the market for athletic shoes over $40. At Foot Locker stores, investors estimate that footwear makes up roughly 75% of the merchandise, with Nike representing 30-50% of that category (N.Y. TIMES, 3/24).