Sportswear and sports shoe giant Nike Inc has reduced its outlook for future global orders after its largest customer, Foot Locker, cut its orders.

The Oregon-based company said in its annual report filed with the SEC that lower November orders from Foot Locker had prompted it to cut its growth in future worldwide orders to 6.3 per cent from 6.6 per cent.

It added that US orders from the athletic shoe chain are likely to fall significantly as the retailer begins to focus on less expensive trainers and smaller brands. Foot Locker accounted for around 11 per cent of Nike’s total global sales in 2002.