About Foot Locker Retail, Inc.

Foot Locker leads the footrace to capture the biggest retail share of the global athletic footwear market. It is a leading retailer of athletic shoes and apparel, with more than 3,360 specialty stores mostly in US malls, but also in 23 countries in North America and Europe, as well as in Australia, and New Zealand. Its 1,796-store namesake Foot Locker chain is the #1 seller of name-brand (NIKE) athletic footwear in the US. Other store brands include Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, Champs Sports, SIX:02, Runners Point, and Sidestep. Beyond its bricks-and-mortar business, Foot Locker markets sports gear through direct-to-customer units (catalog retailer Eastbay and Footlocker.com).


Through its subsidiaries, Foot Locker operates in two reportable segments: Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Athletic Stores segment, which generated 87% of Foot Locker's revenue in fiscal 2017(ended January 31), is one of the world's largest athletic footwear and apparel retailers with banners Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, SIX:02 Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, Runners Point and Sidestep. Some 74 of its shops were franchised in FY2017. The Direct-to-Customers segment (13% of revenue) includes Footlocker.com and other affiliates, including Eastbay, and international ecommerce businesses, which sells to customers through websites, mobile devices, and catalogs.

Overall, more than 80% of the retailer's revenue came from footwear sales in FY2017 and FY2016, while the remainder came from apparel and accessories sales.

Geographic Reach

Foot Locker boasts distribution centers worldwide, as well as third-party agreements to supports its operations.

The company has stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The retailer generates around 72% of its sales in the US.

Sales and Marketing

Foot Locker is heavily dependent on athletic-shoe-giant NIKE -- which supplied more than 65% of its merchandise in 2017 and 91% of its merchandise in 2017 from its top 5 suppliers.

The retailer spent $182 million on advertising in 2017, compared to $165 million in 2016.

The company's Direct-to-Customers segment is multi-branded and sells directly to customers through its Internet and mobile sites and catalogs. Eastbay is the largest direct marketer in the US. This segment operates the websites for eastbay.com, final-score.com, eastbayteamsales.com, and sp24.com.

Additionally, this segment includes the websites aligned with the brand names of its store banners (footlocker.com, ladyfootlocker.com, six02.com kidsfootlocker.com, champssports.com, footaction.com, footlocker.ca, footlocker.eu, runnerspoint.com, and sidestep-shoes.com). These sites offer some of the largest online selections of athletically inspired shoes and apparel, and providing a link between ecommerce and physical stores.

Financial Performance

Foot Locker's revenues and profits have been growing over the past few years despite its store base staying flat.

Net sales increased by 3.6% in fiscal 2016 to $7.4 billion, mainly due to an 8.5% increase in comparable store sales.

In the athletic stores segment, sales increased by 8.6% due to a 7.6% rise in comparable stores sales, mainly in Foot Locker Europe and Foot Locker Asia Pacific. Foot Locker Europe generated double digit comparable-store gains in footwear, apparel, and accessories related to sales of classic court styles, lifestyle running, and men's basketball.

In fiscal 2016, the company's net income grew by 4% to $541 million (compared to $520 million a year earlier), primarily due to an increase in net revenue, partially offset by litigation, impairment, and other charges. Foot Locker recorded a $100 million pension litigation charge that year.

The company's cash from operations was $745 million, up $33 million on the previous year.


While Foot Locker has met its near-term goal of improving sales and profitability, the retailer is looking to expand its footwear and apparel store lines to attract a more diverse, more international customer base. With sales maturing in the US, Foot Locker has been closing domestic stores in favor of expanding into other countries (particularly in Europe) to become the leading global retailer of athletic shoes and apparel. The company is focused on expanding its leading position in the Kid's business and building a powerful digital business with customer-focused channel connectivity.

The company spent $42 million for the development of information systems and infrastructure, including a new e-commerce order management system, point of sale device enhancements, and a further rollout of its merchandise allocation system.

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Foot Locker Retail, Inc.

330 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001-2406


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Vice President: Gary Brown
  • District Manager: Bob Chalfant
  • Manager Lease Admin: Doreen L Lande
  • Employees: 30,000

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY
  • Harrisburg, PA