In addition, the senior management of the Group shared preliminary details about its goals for 2014: sales are expected to grow at a high-single-digit currency-neutral rate in 2014. This development will be driven by growth in all brands, regions and markets in 2014, with running and football as key drivers. Operating margin is expected to increase around one percentage point compared to 2013.
"Since the beginning of our plan, we have made some exceptional progress, driving growth in key categories, improving profitability and tightly managing our capital," commented Herbert Hainer, CEO of the adidas Group. "The goal of our strategic business plan Route 2015 is to prepare and transform the Group for long-term sustainable growth and success. We will continue to focus on building desirable brands and exciting our consumers at every touch point."
adidas Sport Performance remains focused on providing athletes with innovative performance products to help them achieve their personal best. With its Boost technology, adidas introduced the most impactful innovation in the running category in 2013, creating a new footwear segment called 'energy running'.
In 2014, Boost will be integrated into all performance running shoes and will also be introduced in other categories, including basketball footwear. Total Boost volumes are expected to reach 15 million pairs in 2015.
In football, adidas will showcase its innovation, imagination and technological leadership by introducing cutting-edge performance products leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The brand expects to achieve record sales and to be the first to break through the € 2 billion sales mark with football performance products.
A new Sport Performance retail concept called 'Home Court' will premiere in Beijing in January 2014. Home Court will transform the adidas retail space, celebrating the brand's roots in sports and creating brand desire among its consumers.
adidas Originals continues to pioneer sportswear for the street. Key product introductions in 2014 include the highly anticipated comeback of the famous Stan Smith shoe, the expansion of action sports and the introduction of the Boost technology into snowboarding boots in fall/winter 2014. In addition, exciting collaborations with artists, designers and fashion stores will keep the label fresh and contemporary in 2014.
At the same time, adidas Originals will be reinventing its approach to own retail by introducing the new 'Neighbourhood' store concept. This concept will be rolled out to 31 cities worldwide, including New York City, Shanghai, Paris and Moscow. The first Originals Neighbourhood flagship store will open in Berlin in spring 2014, replacing the current Originals store.
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