Vietnam's footwear exports totalled US$2bn in the first half of the year, representing a year-on-year decline of 8.8%, largely due to the global economic crisis.

The Vietnam Leather and Shoe Association (Lefaso) reported that the exporting activities have seen recovery in the second quarter after deep decline in the first quarter.

Exports to US market during the interim period continued growth though, at 9% in comparison with same period last year.

By Ngo Tuan.