Fielmann has reported preliminary figures for the 2009 fiscal year and is satisfied with the results. Volume sales of glasses rose by 4.9 percent to 6.4 million, and the value of external sales grew by 4.7 percent to €1.11 billion. Consolidated sales increased by 5.5 percent to €953 million. The annual net income is expected to have reached €114.0 million, about the same as last year's €113.9 million. At the end of the year the company had 644 stores, up from 620 at the end of 2008. Fielmann plans to open 20 new branches in 2010. Its staff continued to grow, with 13,235 employees at the end of 2009, a 5 percent increase from the previous year.