The German buying cooperative GMS expects to have booked centralized settlements in the amount of €125 million for its 850 affiliated specialty shoe retailers in 2011. In the previous business year, they had reached the total amount of €95 million. With more than 300 stores, fashion-oriented retailers represent the biggest group within GMS. The second biggest group is centered on comfort shoes with over 200 affiliated members, followed by 175 orthopedic shoe specialists. The remaining affiliated retailers specialize in children's or sports shoes.