Apparently no one told Bata India and its customers about the global economic crisis. While its sales for the quarter ended March 31 grew by a modest 6.8 percent to 23.3 billion Indian rupees (€349m-$463m), its pre-tax profit jumped by 27.1 percent to INR 1.6 billion (€15.2m-$20.1m). The company credited the establishment of 32 new stores based on a large international-style format, which it plans to continue expanding along with its trendy collections and improved shoe designs. Bata is the largest footwear retailer in India, and one of the country’s top manufacturers. It is publicly quoted arm of the global Bata Shoe Organization. Bata India is presented in more than 400 cities across the country, with more than 1,200 Bata shoe stores and sales to some 20,000 independent retailers.