The Ara Group raised its total sales slightly by 1.4 percent to €590.3 million in 2014, compared with €581.9 million in the previous year, according to preliminary figures. Ara Shoes recorded a plus of 1.4 percent in total sales last year, with an expected sales value of €209.8 million, up from €206.9 million in 2013. Ara has 4,200 employees, most of them at the company's own factories in Germany, Portugal, Romania and Indonesia. The company made about 7 million pairs of shoes in 2014. The share of export sales increased slightly from 45 percent in 2013 to 46 percent in 2014. The outlook for 2015 is positive. While orders for the coming autumn/winter season will be restrained by the remaining stock from autumn/winter 2013/14, orders for the spring/summer season are 6 percent higher than in the previous year.