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Hardy, chairman of Hardy Capital, a Vancouver-based merchant bank, bought OnlineShoes.com for an undisclosed amount in a deal completed Friday. OnlineShoes.com, founded in 1996 by Dan Gerler, was one of the first Internet-based shoe retailers. Hardy said OnlineShoes' history and returning customer base intrigued him....

“Soccer is played year-round in the U.S., but recreational soccer gear tends to be purchased before fall and spring seasons. We found a boost in online shopping behavior during June for products ranging from soccer cleats, balls, shin guards, gloves and other equipment, demonstrating the...