The French shoe market grew by 4 percent in value during the first six months of this year, according to the Institut Français de la Mode. Sales by mail order catalog and over the internet grew by 19.1 percent. Hypermarkets and supermarkets raised their footwear sales by 11.1 percent. The better specialty shoe retail chains improved their sales by 5.6 percent, while those of the self-service shoe retail chains went up by 4.7 percent. The sale of shoes through the boutiques rose by 5.5 percent.