Optiker Gilde continues to keep quiet about the sales results of its affiliated retailers, but members of the German buying group are projecting increases of 15 percent in volume and 10 percent in value for their sales this year, without catching up yet with the market levels of 2002. Industry estimates have placed at 3 percent the growth in the ophthalmic retail market in Germany last year, but executives of Optiker Gilde have expressed scepticism at their veracity, probably in part because Fielmann is often not included in the count. Fielmann has a different estimate in fact (see article).