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Updated on: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 10:44 PM IST

Coronavirus outbreak: Adidas sales collapse 85% in Greater China

Adidas said it faced "a significant number of store closures" on its roster of 500 owned stores and 11,500 franchises in China, while many fewer people are shopping at those which remain open.
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German sportswear maker Adidas said Wednesday store closures in China had brought plummeting sales since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak in late January.

"Our business activity in Greater China has been around 85% below the prior year level since Chinese New Year on January 25," Bavarian company said.

Adidas said it faced "a significant number of store closures" on its roster of 500 owned stores and 11,500 franchises in China, while many fewer people are shopping at those which remain open.

The group's "Greater China" region, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, has for years been one of the fastest-growing areas of the world for Adidas sales.

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And the Asia-Pacific region as a whole accounted for around one-third of Adidas' 6.4 billion euros ($6.9 billion) in revenues in the first nine months of 2019. Despite the novel coronavirus' spread to some other countries in the region, "we have not yet observed any major impact outside of Greater China."

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Published on: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 10:44 PM IST
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