Adidas eyes slice of lucrative youth fashion market

15th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

German sports apparel giant Adidas said Monday it hoped to win sales of more than one billion euros with a new brand aimed at the lucrative 12 to 19-year-old market that is already being launched in Asia.

With Adidas Neo, the firm hopes to "slice off a nice piece of the cake" of the worldwide fashion market, expected to be around 125 billion euros (170 billion dollars) by 2015, said Erich Stamminger, an Adidas board member.

"We are unlocking a new segment: children and young people between 12 and 19," said Stamminger in an interview with German weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

"A lot of them already wear Adidas for sport, but they are looking for fashionable stuff for school and free time," said Stamminger.

He added the new products would be priced roughly 10 percent above those offered by Hennes&Mauritz, around the same price as Zara.

"We are already opening Neo stores in markets like China, Russia, India and the Philippines ... we are already banking on sales of up to 400 million in 2010. By 2015, we assume we will have more than one billion euros."

Last week, Adidas laid down an ambitious gauntlet to arch US rival Nike, saying it aimed to outgrow the world number one over the next five years.

Adidas said that by 2015 annual sales would reach 17 billion euros, representing growth of 45-50 percent from 2009. Profits, meanwhile, would grow an at annual pace of 15 percent.

© 2010 AFP

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