April 8, 2018 / 7:03 PM / 15 days ago

Adidas to close stores in online push: CEO in Financial Times

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Adidas expects to close down stores in the coming years as part of a shift towards selling more goods online, its chief executive told a newspaper.

Adidas sport shoes are seen before the company's annual news conference in Herzogenaurach, Germany March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

In an interview with the Financial Times, Kasper Rorsted said “over time, we will have fewer stores but they will be better”, adding that over the coming year the number of Adidas stores was expected to contract slightly.

“Our website is the most important store we have in the world.”

Adidas, which wants to more than double its ecommerce sales to 4 billion euros ($4.91 billion) by 2020 from 1.6 billion last year, has 2,500 stores globally and 13,000 additional mono-branded franchise stores, the Financial Times said.

($1 = 0.8143 euros)

Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Andrew Roche

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