Optiker Bode reports that its sales for the first half of 2019 increased by 15 percent from the same period of the previous year. Already one of Germany's four biggest optical chains, the company plans to expand the number of stores to 80 in the second half of this year. To meet the growing demand for hearing aids, it also plans to expand its existing network of eight acoustic locations by three or four and open these stores by 2020. Optiker Bode's numerous trainees make up 20 percent of its workforce of 480 people. It plans to hire 30-40 new trainees in the second half of 2019.