Berlin (dpa) – German sportswear giant Adidas posted gains in 2019, with revenues adjusted for currency effects up 6 per cent on the previous year to 23.64 billion euros (26.77 billion dollars).
Profits were also up, with net income from continuing operations reported at 1.918 billion euros, a 12-per-cent year-on-year increase.
The world’s second-biggest sport retailer after Nike is expecting its sixth consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2020, a year of major sporting events like the Euros and the Tokyo Olympics – but it conceded that the effects of the global coronavirus have not been factored into that outlook.
“Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, our business in Greater China has experienced a significant negative impact since Chinese New Year,” Adidas chief executive Kasper Rorsted said in a statement.
“As the situation keeps evolving, we cannot yet reliably quantify the magnitude of the overall financial impact in 2020,” he added.
In February, the company said its business activity in China – where the pandemic originated – had plummeted by 85 per cent on the same period last year.