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Adidas Shares Fall On Revenue Outlook

Nov. 8, 2012

Germany's leading sportswear maker, Adidas, reported Thursday a 14-per-cent jump in third quarter profit, but its shares dropped after the group cut its full-year revenue forecast.

Adidas said net profit in the three months to the end of September came in at 344 million euros (438.5 million dollars) compared with 303 million euros in the same period a year ago. Group revenue climbed 11 per cent to 4.17 billion euros for the period.

"We have grown the bottom line faster than the top line now for the last seven quarters, which ensures we will deliver another year of record financial results for 2012," said Adidas chief Herbert Hainer in a statement.

But shares in the group fell after it lowered its revenue outlook for the year.

This came after what the group said were lower sales expectations at its Reebok and Rockport brands. Additionally, a lockout at the National Hockey League lockout in North America, for which Adidas is the official outfitter, hurt the bottom line. By mid-morning, shares were down 2.19 per cent at 63.15 euros in Frankfurt.

The company said revenue will increase this year by high single digits, instead of a previously forecast full-year gain of about 10 per cent.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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