JD Sports Fashion

David Sussman founded JD Sports Group in 1981 in England. By 1996, the company was established enough to float its shares on London Stock Exchange where it trades under the symbol JD. JD operates in the retail industry, where it sells branded sportswear, equipment, and outdoor clothing. The company categorizes its operations into two segments, the Outdoor and Sports Fashion. The sportswear focuses on a broad selection of sports, including rugby and soccer. In addition, JD runs getthelabel.com, an online business catalog platform. Presently, JD has 2,400 stores spread across Europe, South East Asia, Asia Pacific, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Australia. The company entered the US through by acquiring The Finish Line Inc. Pentland Group Plc is the controlling organization for JD Sports Group with a 58% stake. Other shareholders in the company include Aberforth Partners, Peter Cowgill, and Fidelity Management, among other minor shareholders. JD has its headquarters in Bury, the United Kingdom.

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