Asics America Corp. said it surpassed $1 billion in net sales for the first time last year, a 14.9% year-over-year increase, and expects about 14% growth in 2015.
The Irvine-based footwear and apparel company, part of Japan-based Asics Corp., oversees markets in North America and Brazil. The $1 billion milestone is the realization of a goal Asics America set a few years ago; sales in 2010 were $680 million.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the phenomenal sales growth,” company President and Chief Executive Kevin Wulff said in a statement. He said Asics is strong in performance running footwear, apparel, and newer categories that include training, volleyball and tennis.
Performance running footwear—which includes Kayano, Nimbus and Cumulus models—led sales, with an 11.7% increase over 2013.
The training and volleyball footwear categories recorded “high double-digit growth” last year, while Asics’ sports lifestyle footwear category, which includes Onitsuka Tiger shoes, was up 48%.
The running apparel category showed the strongest growth, according to the company, with a nearly 75% uptick over 2013.
Asics opened 11 retail stores last year and plans to open 10 this year.