GSM, the relatively young German buying group, reports a 26.6 percent increase in revenues to €191 million for the past year. The number of affiliated shops grew to around 1,400. They all specialize in footwear except for 160 sporting goods stores. Out of the total, 1,080 operate in Germany, 250 in the Benelux countries and 70 in Austria. Out of all the affiliated retail stores, some 240 specialize in orthopaedic and comfort shoes. After the opening last year of two pilot shops for a new “Boys & Girls” concept, six to eight more stores should see the light in 2014.