German footwear exports jumped nearly 10 per cent in 2001 to 854.3 million euros ($752.1m), the German Shoe Industry Association revealed on Thursday.

Association officials said turnover generated by shoe producers in foreign markets last year grew by 0.5 per cent to just over three billion euros ($2.6bn), but domestic turnover fell by 2.7 per cent to 2.18 billion euros ($1.9bn).

They added that there were around 130 footwear manufacturers in Germany in 2001, employing up to 16,500 people, while shoe firms in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate recorded a 562.7m euros ($495.4m) turnover in 2001, up 1.1 per cent from 2000.