Portugal's shoe exports grew by 10.1 percent to €481.3 million in the first quarter of this year, thanks in part to higher prices. A big 64.0 percent increase was achieved in the Americas, but France, Germany and the Netherlands remained the biggest markets. Portuguese shoe exports to China went up by 20 percent in value and by 80 percent in units in the first five months, but they are expected to explode. According to a well-informed source, a Portuguese producer recently got an order for about one million pairs from China and is now scrambling to find factories to stitch the uppers.