Footwear producer Ecco Slovak reached Sk1.224bn ($24.5m) sales last year, up 200 per cent from Sk454m ($9m) in 1999, and this year it plans a 30 per cent hike in turnover, financial manager Jozef Valach told the CTK news service. "In 1999 we had a Sk53m ($1m) loss but last year was closed in the black, with a pre-tax profit around Sk35m ($699,313)," said Valach.