The DZB Bank of Ariston-Nord-West-Ring (ANWR) has signed an agreement with a cooperative in the gardening and animal retail business, Egesa-Zookauf, to finance its centralized settlements in behalf of its 500-odd retail members. ANWR is expecting an increase in its total central settlements for this year, after a 15.7 percent rise to €2.3 billion in 2005. The company’s shoe division, ANWR Schuh, suffered a €4.8 million drop in revenues last year, but it welcomed 41 new retail members with 116 stores in the 1st half of this year.