There are unconfirmed rumors that Mariella Burani Fashion Group (MBFG) may float Antichi Pellettieri on the stock exchange. The subsidiary, in which LVMH recently acquired a 30 percent minority stake, owns Baldinini and other shoe and leatherrgoods operations. MBFG has reported a 25 percent increase in operating profit (Ebit) to €22.8 million for the first nine months of this year on 15 percent higher sales of €321.7 million. Its clothing division raised its sales by 20.3 percent, thanks in part to new store openings and to acquisitions. Total exports have grown from 62.4 to 68.5 percent of revenues.