Dutch retail group Vendex KBB has revealed that it is to expand further into Germany with the launch of its Claudia Strater, women's fashion range and its Hema department stores. The company already features in Germany through its Hunkemoller lingerie stores and its M&S Mode fashion. The announcement came as the company revealed it had seen its net profits rise to 160m euros by the end of financial year 2001, an increase of 10 per cent compared to last year. The group also saw its sales increase to 4.82bn euros compared to the 4.41bn euros recorded last year.