Hamburg, 9 January 2012 – In the 2011 fiscal year Bijou Brigitte Group generated sales revenues of EUR 374 million, according to provisional calculations. This corresponds to a slight decline of 1% compared to the prior year (EUR 378 million). Like-for-like group sales declined by 4.8%. The change in sales revenues in the past fiscal year was again influenced by the difficult economic conditions prevailing in Spain and Portugal. As expected the Germany and Italy segment remained stable.

In 2011 the Hamburg costume jewellery group continued expansion of the international shop network. On 31 December 2011, there were 1,175 stores (prior year: 1,167) in the Bijou Brigitte Group. 60 stores were opened in the course of the year, while 52 were closed.

Given the development in sales revenue and taking the usual cost increases into account, Bijou Brigitte expects after tax earnings in the lower range between EUR 45 and 50 million for fiscal year 2011.

More information about group earnings as well as the dividend proposal will probably be published in the second half of March.

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