The shoe and leathergoods segment of Aeffe, which includes Pollini, boosted its sales by 23.7 percent to €24.5 million in the first quarter of this year, generating an operating margin before amortization (Ebitda) of 16.7 percent, up sharply from 5.7 percent in the year-ago period. This helped the Italian fashion group to raise its total revenues by 5.3 percent to €71.2 million, including a currency-neutral increase of 3.5 percent, despite a 53 percent decline in Russia to €2.4 million. Greater China posted 68 percent growth. The group's Ebitda went up to 17.6 percent of sales from 15.8 percent in the year-ago period. Net income jumped by 46.9 percent to €4,566,000.