The German shoe market grew by just 0.5 percent to €9.2 billion in 2011, but while the specialist shoe trade fell by 1.5 percent, sales over the internet rose by a whopping 54.5 percent to an estimated level of €900 million, according to independent research by IFH Retail Consultants. Retailers specializing in sporting goods and fashion saw their sales increase by 3.7 percent.