The German eyewear industry is expecting sales increases this year of about 5 percent at home and 10 percent abroad, according Randolf Rodenstock, who runs its main trade association. A preliminary estimate indicates that their total sales fell by more than 7 percent to €3.07 billion in 2004, in spite of an 11 percent increase in their foreign revenues, which represent about one-half of their turnover. The main reason for the downturn was obviously the abolition of government subsidies for the consumers' purchases of many eyewear products. The move, which was implemented at the beginning of 2004, is estimated to have caused German opticians to lose about one-fourth of their own business, reducing it to around €3.17 billion for the year.