In the first six months of 2014, Amer Sports improved its net sales figures to €877.6 million, up from €870.2 million in the same period last year. The gross margin increased slightly by 0.3 percentage points to 43.9 percent. Earnings before interests and taxes (Ebit), excluding non-recurring effects worth €1.2 million, was down to €3.0 million compared with €7.7 million last year. Their net losses increased from €3.2 million last year to €10.9 million. These figures are as a result of a difficult first quarter in snow sports, and from political uncertainties in Russia and Argentina. In a new growth plan to be executed through 2020, Amer intends to enhance profitable growth in ball sports under the umbrella of the Wilson brand, which includes the halt of low-profitability sales and non-core product lines and related R&D as well as the restructuring of Wilson apparel and footwear.