Adidas predicts 2024 leap in operating profit after Kanye West break-up Reuters via

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MUNICH (Reuters) -German sportswear maker Adidas (OTC:) expects operating profit to nearly double to about 500 million euros ($542.3 million) this year after the company’s break-up with Kanye West and the discontinuation of its Yeezy business.

Adidas booked an operating profit of 268 million euros in 2023, down from 669 million euros a year earlier, according to an unscheduled preliminary earnings announcement.

That beat the 100 million euros previously forecast for 2023 by CEO Bjorn Gulden.

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