Ginkoia, a French company that specializes in management software for sports retailers, was taken over earlier this month by DL Software, another French company that already offered such products for medical laboratories, campsites and firms selling construction materials. Established in 1989, Ginkoia is based in Passy, near Chamonix. With 23 employees, it was expected to generate sales of about €2.7 million with an operating profit of about €0.3 million in 2008. The software provider has about 650 customers among small and medium-sized independent French sports retailers, in a market of roughly 3,000 potential customers. DL Software explained that it bought Ginkoia because it could lift its market share, and Ginkoia had just switched to a more profitable business model. Furthermore, the products developed by Ginkoia might be adjusted for retailer customers in other business sectors. DL Software, which is listed on Alternext, is the French market leader in all three categories in which it operates, reaching sales of about €25.5 million in 2007.