Portuguese textile manufacturers exported socks to Germany worth almost 51 million euros ($44.4m) during 2000, a survey by the Portuguese Centre for Applied Textile Studies has revealed. That figure made it the third biggest exporter of socks to Germany with an 8.1 per cent share of the market, behind leaders Italy with a 20 per cent share valued at 127.2m euros ($111m), and Turkey with a 15.6 per cent share.