Decathlon Group

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Industry Retail
Founded 1976
Headquarters Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
Products Clothing
Sports equipment
Revenue €8.2 billion (2014)
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Quechua, Tribord, Domyos, B'Twin, Kipsta, Nabaiji, Wed'ze, Simond, Kalenji, Newfeel, Artengo, Inesis, Geologic, Caperlan, Solognac, Fouganza, Oxelo, Aptonia, Geonaute, Orao [1]

Decathlon is one of the world's largest sporting goods retailers. Decathlon started with a store in Lille, France in 1976. It expanded massively over the next two decades, notably into countries such as Germany in 1986, Spain in 1992, Italy in 1998, Portugal, the United Kingdom in 1999, China in 2003, India in 2009 and Southeast Asia in 2012. Today, there are more than 850 stores[2] in 22 countries. The company employs more than 60,000 staff[3] from 80 different nationalities.

The retailer stocks a wide range of sporting goods, from tennis rackets to advanced scuba diving equipment, usually in large superstores which are sized at an average of 4,000m².[4] Decathlon Group also owns 20 brands,[5] with research and development facilities all over France to develop the latest innovative designs, registering up to 40 patents per year.[6] Each brand represents a different sport or group of sports, with a dedicated product development and design team. Decathlon's focus on creating innovative products is evident with the company owning the third-largest R&D facility in France, with the largest being owned by the military and second-largest by automaker Renault.[7]

Through innovation and low prices made possible by the ownership of the entire supply chain, Decathlon seeks to make the pleasure and benefits of sports accessible to all.[8]


Entrance of İstanbul store
Entrance of Dalian store

883 stores are located globally, in the following countries:[9]

Online delivery has been introduced in Belgium, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, India, Italy,[13] Singapore, Spain and Brazil.

In India, Decathlon products can be bought directly through their stores subsequent to change in India's FDI policy and approval for Decathlon in February 2013.[14] In addition to this, Decathlon products are also available online through their online resellers. These include Prrem's - The Winter Wear Store,, IndiaLetsPlay and a few more.[15]


The retailer develops and sells its own brands. Each sport or group of sports has a separate brand name:

Brands providing technical support for the products of its passion brands:

  • EQUAREA - Clothing designed for the active removal of sweat
  • ESSENSOLE - Shoe soles and insoles
  • NOVADRY - Waterproof and breathable clothes
  • OUTCHOC - Sport protection
  • STRATERMIC - Warm and light clothes
  • STRENFIT - Light and Robust Synthetic fabrics (non garment)
  • SUPPORTIV - Support and compression


Decathlon employs extensive innovation to come up with the most creative products with in-house patents and technology.[17] The company holds an annual Decathlon Innovation Awards for their employees worldwide to vote for the most innovative products by each of the inhouse brands.[18]

Economic Review[edit]

Its success has greatly contributed to the decline of selling prices in France, while the innovation of its own brands has caused great difficulties for other traditional manufacturers. 2008 was a record year for the company as the brand Decathlon had beaten all its competitors on three key points: margin, market share, and highest turnover per square meter of retail space. It is arguably the third at a global level. A 2008 survey of 774 catchment areas at the request of the Ministry of Economy and Finance shows that "for sporting goods, Decathlon is dominant in 92.8% of zones[19]". This dominant position has the effect of marginalizing its commercial competitors, including independent retailers.[20]


In 2009, Decathlon's sector rivals Go Sport and Sport 2000 combined themselves to create a common purchasing center in Switzerland intended to "pressurize most of the major international suppliers", according to François Neukirsh DG of GO Sport in newspaper Les Échos. Otherwise, the company does not have significant competition due to their specific target audience in mass-market retail.


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  4. ^ Caruel, Sarah. "Decathlon - Oxylane - Ox'IT". International Internships. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
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  6. ^ "Decathlon Innovation and Research". Decathlon Group R&D. Decathlon S.A. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Hwei, Liang (Nov 25, 2014). "Decathlon Debuts Click-and-Mortar Experiential Space for the Active Singaporean". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Decathlon Mission". Decathlon Group. Decathlon S.A. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Decathlon Stores Worldwide". Decathlon Group Stores. Decathlon S.A. 
  10. ^ "Decathlon store finder, Hungary". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Decathlon Italia - Company Profile". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Lee, Meixian (Apr 9, 2015). "Viva Industrial Trust secures Decathlon as Technopark@Chai Chee's Anchor Tenant". The Business Times. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Decathlon - Acquista on line tutti gli sport su". Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "". Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Findreseller". 
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Decathlon Group Innovations". Decathlon S.A. 
  18. ^ "Decathlon Innovation Awards". Decathlon S.A. 
  19. ^ Distribution : l'enquête secrète de Lagarde, Le Nouvel Observateur Template:Numéro2275, June 12, 2008
  20. ^ « La déferlante des MDD façon Decathlon déstabilise évidemment les marques traditionnelles. », Gilles Tanguy : Decathlon, le colosse qui écrase tous ses rivaux, Capital, 3 July 2009 ; « Cinq cents personnes rassemblées jeudi à Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) à l'appel de la fédération textile - habillement - cuir CGT, ont envahi un magasin Decathlon près du Stade de France pour protester contre les plans de licenciements et les délocalisations dans le secteur textile, a-t-on appris de sources policière et syndicale. »,, 06.03.2003.

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