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China Patriotism Could Launch Anta Sales Past adidas

What Happened: Chinese sportswear titan Anta Sports could soon surpass its international rival adidas in terms of market valuation. Its annual sales do not come close to adidas’ ($5.5 billion in 2020 vs. $23.5 billion for adidas), but, due to favorable factors, Anta’s share prices increased by 157 percent between 2020 and 2021, putting the company’s market value at $64 billion. By contrast, adidas shares jumped 39 percent for a value of $74.37 billion.

If the so-called “Nike of China” continues to overperform, it will soon overtake adidas to become the world’s second most valuable sports clothing brand.

The Jing Take: HYPEBEAST emphasizes that Chinese consumers’ latest tendency to flock to domestic brands has helped Anta. Meanwhile, global sportswear brands adidas and Nike have found themselves in hot water over their Xinjiang cotton statements. This latest controversy created a strong consumer backlash against Western corporations while improving the brand positioning of Anta. “If you boycott Xinjiang cotton, we’ll boycott you,” one person wrote on Weibo, according to BBC.

Although nationalism has helped Anta find more success in China, we should not underplay the company’s marketing efforts. Adidas’ rival already cashed in on China’s sneaker culture by partnering with KOLs and brand ambassadors like NBA players Klay Thompson, Kevin Garnett, and Luis Scola. These high-profile collaborations have improved the consumer perception of Anta while developing brand equity.


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