Sport 2000 Deutschland is offering special new credit facilities to its retailer members, who suffered from slow sell-through in the weeks before Christmas. The new soft loans are being granted by the DZB Bank, which belongs to the parent company of the German sports buying group, Ariston-Nord-West-Ring (ANWR). They have already been granted to shoe retailers affiliated with ANWR. The DZB Bank has seen its executive board expanded following the arrival of a new financial expert, Hans Erich Seum, who is going to replace the retiring Rainer Mühlhaus A member of ANWR's executive board, Frank Schuffelen, will join DZB's board. Another member, Günter Althaus, has seen his mandate as chief executive of ANWR extended until 2016. He had joined the group in 2003 as CEO of the DZB Bank and risen to the top at ANWR in May 2009 (more in Shoe Intelligence).