Hi guys, I ordered the Annual Report of Hermes to learn more about the company. The report was published during the Annual Shareholder's Meeting on June 2005 ... the data reflected are for 2004. I'll order the newer publication once it is available. Here are some facts which might be interesting to you. Date founded: 1837 by Thierry Hermès. Until today, the company is managed mostly by the 5th and 6th generation of the Hermès family. The company is also traded in the French Stock Exchange Number of employees: 5,871. The average age is 41 for managerial and 37 for non-managerial. The average years of service is 8.6 years. Breakdown of employees by job category is 41% production, 41% sales, 18% support. Geographic breakdown of employees is 63% France, 11% Japan, 10% Europe (excluding France), 9% Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 7% Americas. Number of stores: 237 (133 of which are directly operated by Hermès) Company business sectors: 14 in all and that is leather, scarves, ties, men's and women's ready-to-wear, perfume, watches, diaries/agendas, hats, footwear, gloves, enamel, art of living, tableware, jewellery 2004 sales: 1.331 billion Euros 2004 sales by business sector: 40% bags and luggage, 21% clothings and accessories, 11% silk products, 7% watches, 5% perfumes, 3% tableware, 3% other products (textiles, John Lobb shoes, Gordon-Choisy tanneries), 10% other sectors (jewellery, diaries, small leather good, art of living) 2004 sales by geographical area: 30% Japan, 19% France, 17% Europe (excluding France), 16% rest of Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), 15% Americas, 3% other countries Production: Hermès controls 27 production sites, all in Europe. 25 are in France, 1 in Switzerland (watches), 1 in Great Britain (John Lobb shoes). Although I think in 2005-2006 the horn accessories are made in Vietnam. In 2004, Hermès also owned a 31.5% share of Leica Camera, 35% of Jean Paul Gaultier fashion house, and 39.5% of Les Tissages Perrin (weaving company). Hope that helps!