B.A.G. – Italian the company that owns NeroGiardini, NG NeroGiardini and NeroGiardini Junior – continues to enjoy double-digit growth, albeit less than expected, and forecasts to have annual sales of €500 million by 2015, with 40 percent coming from outside Italy. The group closed 2008 with a 20 percent increase in sales to €185 million but missed its target of a 25 to 30 percent jump to about €200 million. This year’s sales are forecast to rise by 35 percent to €250 million. B.A.G. claims to produce all its shoes in Italy and intends to hire 150 more people to tackle the additional workload. The company already has a workforce of about 2,000 people.