Italy's Belluno district has reported on a positive third quarter of 2010 for the local eyewear industry. Compared with the same period in 2009, sales saw a substantial recovery between July and September, to the extent that inventories were depleted while production increased by 9.9 percent. Leading the recovery, exports to non-EU countries shot up by 37 percent, followed by increases of 20 percent in domestic sales and 16.3 percent in sales to other European countries. Employment levels rose by 5.4 percent. The survey ? commissioned by Fondazione Nord Est and carried out by Confindustria Belluno Dolomiti ? also showed that 30 percent of the companies had orders in hand for over three months ahead, 50 percent for between one and three months, and 20 percent for less than one month. Some 58.3 percent of the manufacturers said their customers were paying on time, while the others said they were lagging behind with their payments.