Heppo.com will be part of CDON Group’s Fashion business segment, which also includes fashion retailer Nelly.com and children’s clothing retailer LinusLotta.com.
Heppo’s initial range will include sneakers, high heels, pumps, boots, slippers, loafers, wedding shoes, boat shoes, desert and hiking boots from Scandinavian and international brands like Bobbie Burns, Clarks, Filippa K, Fred Perry, Friis & Company, Tiger, Vagabond, Whyred, Loake and Lloyd.
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG and Chairman of CDON Group, commented: “The launch of Heppo.com will complement CDON Group’s current fashion retailing portfolio, and demonstrates CDON Group’s ability to expand by utilising its existing infrastructure to launch new businesses in fast growing market segments.”
“We continue to work towards the demerger of CDON Group by means of the distribution of the business to our shareholders, which we expect to complete in the fourth quarter. This new launch is further evidence of CDON Group’s scale, ambition and clear growth strategy.”
ABOUT CDON GROUP
CDON Group comprises all of MTG’s internet retailing operations and is expected to be spun-off from MTG by means of the demerger and distribution of CDON Group shares to MTG shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2010.
MTG’s internet retailing business was launched in February 1999 with the introduction of CDON.COM, which initially sold music CDs via internet sites in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. CDON.COM is now the number one online retailer of entertainment products in the Nordic region, with a broad offering of CDs, DVDs, computer games, books and electronic products, as well as music downloads and on-demand film streaming services. Finnish internet book retailer BookPlus.fi was acquired in 2007 and Swedish online toy retailer Lekmer.se was acquired recently in April 2010.
CDON Group’s Fashion business was established in 2007 with the acquisition of fashion retailer Nelly.com and children’s clothing retailer LinusLotta.com, and the Sports & Health business was established in 2008 with the acquisition of nutritional supplement retailer Gymgrossisten.com and dietary and health supplement retailer Bodystore.com.
CDON Group reported 26% year on year sales growth to SEK 927 (733) million in the first six months of 2010, and a 55% year on year increase in operating income to SEK 66 (43) million, with an increased operating margin of 7%.
Mikael Olander has been President and Chief Executive Officer of CDON since 2000 and of CDON Group (previously MTG Internet Retailing) since it was established in 2007.
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