Fielmann: Press releases

Q1 to Q3: 20 per cent increase in EBT
Fielmann provides 83 per cent of competition winners
Staff: 700 additional jobs in 2007

Our expectations for the first nine months of financial year 2007 have been met. Fielmann achieved a 20 per cent increase in pre-tax profits to € 93.4 million (previous year: € 77.5 million). The market leader generated external sales including VAT of € 743.6 million (previous year: € 684.5 million) and consolidated sales of € 631.7 million (previous year: € 592.3 million). Earnings per share amounted to € 1.29 (previous year: € 1.18).

In the third quarter, Fielmann increased pre-tax profits to € 37.6 million (previous year: € 29.4 million). External sales including VAT rose to € 250.1 million (previous year: € 231.5 million) and consolidated sales to € 214.9 million (previous year: € 202.5 million).

Fielmann is the biggest employer and trainer in the optical industry and employed a staff of 11,865 in 589 branches as at 30 September 2007, of whom 1,955 are trainees. With 5 per cent of all optical stores in Germany (Fielmann: 515 stores/sector: more than 10,000 stores), Fielmann provides training for 30 per cent of trainees in the sector. The company’s success in training is reflected by nationwide awards. In 2007, Fielmann staff accounted for the national winners in the practical performance competition of the German optical industry and for 83 per cent of all state winners in the assistants’ category.

For the current financial year, Fielmann expects double-digit growth in pre-tax profits. The Company will open a further 30 branches and create 700 new jobs, 200 of which will be additional trainee positions.

Hamburg, November 2007

Fielmann Aktiengesellschaft

The Management Board

Further information:
Dr. Matthias Branahl, Head of Press and Public Relations, Tel.:+ 49 (0) 40 / 270 76 – 457
Ulrich Brockmann, Head of Investor Relations, Tel.:+ 49 (0) 40 / 270 76 – 442

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