Footwear exports from Brazil have risen four per cent in the first 10 months of 2003 to US$1.28 billion, compared to US$1.22b posted for the same period a year earlier.

Abicalcados, the Brazilian footwear industry association which reported the figures, also cited external sales of US$135m for October, a boom of 14 per cent compared to October 2002.

It reported a near-threefold rise in Argentinean imports of Brazilian footwear from January to September, reaching US$44m as compared to US$15.7m in the same nine-month period last year.