Including the Chinese joint ventures, the Volkswagen Group employed an average of 583,423 people in fiscal year 2014, an increase of 3.6% year-on-year. Our companies in Germany employed 265,274 people on average in 2014; their share of the headcount was on a level with the previous year, at 45.5% (45.4%). The Volkswagen Group had 566,998 active employees (+3.9%) as of the 2014 reporting date. In addition, 7,129 employees were in the passive phase of their partial retirement and 18,459 young persons were in vocational traineeships (+4.3%). The Volkswagen Group’s headcount was 592,586 employees (+3.5%) at the end of the reporting period. Significant factors in this increase were the volume-related expansion in growth markets, in particular in China, and the recruitment of specialists and experts in Germany, among other places. A total of 271,043 people were employed in Germany (+4.1%), while 321,543 were employed abroad (+2.9%).