Sover is reaping the rewards of its investments in 4 East European countries, with sales up by 50 percent in Russia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, and by 90 percent in Romania. It distributes major brands produced by Safilo, Marcolin, Allison and Airess to the retail end of the market, as well as its own eyewear lines. The latter include the Alviero Martini brand, which Sover licensed last March. It showcased the first sunglass collection at the SILMO fair in Paris in October. A first collection of prescription frames will be ready by February. The collection has been very well received in Asian markets. The 2004 target calls for sales of 120,000 pairs under this brand for a total of €5 million.