This rise in sales led through to operating profit of EUR 901m, compared to EUR 795m in the same quarter in 2017, the company added. This is an increase of 13.2%.
CEO Kasper Rorsted said he is confident that the company will reach a higher-than-expected profitability level in 2018. 'We remain firmly on track to achieve our long-term targets until 2020,' he said.
In Western Europe, sales were down slightly, by 1.55% on a currency-neutral basis, in line with the company's expectations. In North America and Asia Pacific, demand was strong, and sales were up 16.5% and 15.2% respectively.
Greater China is the motor for Asian sales, and sales there were up 25% in the quarter.
Latin America revenues were down slightly on a currency neutral basis. Including currency effects, sales fell from EUR 502m in the 2017 quarter to EUR 340m in 2018. This is equivalent to a drop of 32%. It is a result of the effects of accounting for hyperinflation in Argentina.
Although the country accounted for 2% of Adidas sales in 2017, the accounting change hit sales 'by a high-double-digit-million Euro amount', Adidas said.
Sales in emerging markets were down by 2.4%, to EUR 329m on a constant currency basis.
Revenues in the first nine months of the year increased by 3.2% on a currency-neutral basis. The company turned over EUR 16.7bn in the period, compared with EUR 16.2bn in the same part of 2017.
Operating margin was up to 13.4% from 12% in the 2017 period. This is reflected in the operating profit in the first nine months of 2018 of EUR 2.2bn.
|Adidas Q3 sales and profits 2017-18 (EUR m)
|Selected regional revenues (currency neutral)