Giorgio Armani wants his fashion house to play a stronger role in accessories as well as furniture in the future. Armani’s shoes and handbags recorded a sales increase of 22 percent during the past Fall/Winter season. Jewelery and watches were up by 24 percent. During the 1st quarter ended March 31, group revenues showed increases of 52 percent in China, 15 percent in Japan, 10 percent in Europe and 3 percent in the USA. Sales at the company’s stores rose by 16 percent on a comparable basis. The group’s net profit decline by 5 percent last year to €126 million. The operating profit before depreciation and amortization reached €238 million and sales increased to €1.3 billion, with a 6.5 percent gain in terms of local currencies.