Sales increased by 25.8% (ca) to € 1,548.8 million (+19.2% reported), despite COVID-19-related lockdown measures and supply chain constraints due to port congestion especially in North America. All regions and product divisions supported this sales growth with a currency-adjusted double-digit increase. Americas was up 38.5% (ca), driven by North America, Asia/Pacific grew 28.8% (ca), led by Greater China and EMEA was up 14.0% (ca), despite lockdowns in Europe. The growth was lead by Footwear (+27.0% ca) and Apparel (+27.2% ca), based on strong demand for our Running and Training as well as Sportstyle categories. Accessories growth was at 19.4% (ca), strongly supported by golf, as well as the leg- and bodywear business.
BJØRN GULDEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF PUMA SE:
“As expected, Q1 was a very strong quarter for PUMA. Despite a lot of COVID-19 restrictions and supply chain issues due to container shortages and port congestion, we delivered a 26% sales growth in constant currency to € 1,549 million and an EBIT increase of 117% to € 154 million. We achieved double-digit growth in all regions and product divisions and continue to see strong global demand for our products, both from consumers and retailers.
Despite the uncertainty about the longevity and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, continued capacity issues and cost increases in global freight and a tense political situation between key regions that could have a negative impact on our industry, we feel confident that 2021 will be a better year than 2020. We believe that we should achieve a full-year sales growth in the mid-teens and that we will achieve a significantly better profitability compared to last year.
2021 will unfortunately be again a year with a lot of uncertainty which will make efficient operations and accurate planning difficult. Our objective continues to be maneuvering through this difficult time as well as possible in the short term without hindering the mid-term momentum of PUMA. We will continue to invest in product and marketing, strengthen our relationships with our retail partners and do everything we can to please our consumers.
The COVID-19 pandemic will probably continue to impact our industry throughout 2021, but we feel very confident for the mid-term future of PUMA and our industry.