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Bidding to restore some luster to its showcase sub-brand, Nike is cutting retail distribution of its Jordan brand footwear in half beginning using the important back-to-school selling season, with new advertisements due in July.


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 Jordan brand chief Larry Miller stated that while sales in the most up-to-date Air Jordan XV sneaker have exceeded expectations, "We've been riding the brand pretty difficult for awhile, for the reason that regardless of the state of the industry, Jordan can be a continual. Now we desire to get back towards the days when folks stood in line for the solution."



 Nike and each athletic shoe brand has suffered from a glut of models and retailers. Although marketers frequently have cleaned up excess inventory, the problem of too several shops persists--especially in malls, generating a sales environment that only competes on cost.



 Nike also plans to expand its apparel into non-shoe accounts, which include division shops and urban outlets. "The thought is to possess a appear that's a mix of authentic athletic and style' stated Miller.



 Spending levels will stay consistent at $12 million, as will inventive, which casts Jordan in a much more supervisory role to improved showcase active endorsers like Eddie Jones, Randy Moss and Derek Jeter.

 "We will generally use Michael but we cant really show him slam dunking anymore," said Miller.