Adidas sets new soccer sales goal in World Cup year (Reuters)

* Adidas targets record soccer sales in World Cup year * Soccer market dominated by Adidas and Nike * Adidas CEO plays down concerns over Brazil protests By Keith Weir HERZOGENAURACH, Germany, June 18 (Reuters) – German sportswear maker Adidas AG forecast record sales for its soccer business in 2014, aiming to retain market leadership in the sport ahead of U.S. rival Nike Inc in a soccer World Cup year. Adidas and Nike dominate a market for soccer kit – replica shirts, balls and boots – estimated to be worth around 5 billion euros ($6.7 billion) annually. …

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