In a preliminary statement, Fielmann indicates that its consolidated sales rose last year to €1.23 billion, or an increase of about 6 percent from 2013. They were boosted only in part by new openings, as the total number of stores went up to 687 from 679. Sales increased by about 4 percent in the fourth quarter, in absolute terms as well as on a comparable store basis. The company expects to report a net profit of €161 million for the year, up from €142.0 million in 2013.