Footwear company Brantano SA has announced that the acquisition of stores in the Netherlands and the startup of stores in Denmark have helped the company record a 30 per cent growth in sales from 182m euros ($170.9m) in 1999 to 237m euros ($222.6m) in 2000. The company has also announced that it will continue to open new stores throughout 2001. During 2000 it opened a further 76 new stores and will add a further 50 by the end of the current year.