Nike expects to be in green again as China’s demand for online sales recovers

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According to Refinitiv, solid online sales and demand by Chinese shopkeepers and back-to-school students should have enabled Nike to return to profit in the first quarter, which was a sequential improvement from its surprise loss in July.

The Nike shares increased in the afternoon trading by around 1.8%, before the company’s profit announcement following Tuesday’s market closing.

With centres and shops such as J.C. Penney shuttle shops were moving to e-commerce and ordering substantially more items from Nike’s website, because of the COVID-19 lockdowns. Nike announced a 75% growth in Online Sales in the fiscal fourth quarter, and analysts from Wall Street predicted that this would continue, at least nine have increased their stock price targets in the last two weeks.

12% of all Nike.com shoes featured new kinds of sneakers and shoes during the first quarter, as compared with 10% in the previous quarter, according to styles of clothing data company. In comparison with 6% in the fourth quarter, the company sold 17% of all footwear in this year showed increases in consumer demand and investments in online new products. The same pattern exhibits online sales of Nike garments.

Next to one-third of Nike’s overall revenue is now e-commerce revenues, which Nike previously set for 2023. The adjusted selling of Nike in China for the first quarter is also projected to rise by over 10% as the official lockdowns in China are all but over.

In the global athletic and clothing industry, sales have gained momentum, especially in North America, and Nike will receive a boost from a new dynamic back-to-school, said Christopher Svezia, the Wedbush analyst.

Nike from Oregon, Portland is estimated to produce a net profit in the last three months of $729 million compared with a loss in the fourth quarter of $790 million, according to Refinitiv.

The company said it would slash business employment in July beginning October 1 and complete nine major retail agreements, including department storage agreements Dillard’s and Amazon.com’s own Zeppo shoe dealers, to save money and target online investment. In July Nike dismissed plans to open a new shoe facility in Arizona to invest elsewhere.

This year, the organisation invested in marketers and launched a new maternity line and a series of multicultural marketing campaigns as a supporter of influential social and political movements like Black Lives Matter and Time to Vote.

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