Amer Sports beats market forecasts on apparel sales

HELSINKI Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:12am EDT

HELSINKI Oct 25 (Reuters) - Finnish sporting goods group Amer Sports reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit thanks to strong sales of its athletic apparel.

Shares in the company rose 7 percent it reported its third-quarter operating profit rose to 81 million euros from 74 million a year earlier, beating the market's average forecast of 70 million in a Reuters poll.

Apparel sales rose 27 percent while sales of sports watch brand Suunto rose 24 percent, it said. (Reporting by Helsinki Newsroom)