Footwear exports from Brazil rose 15 per cent year-on-year between January and May to US$707 million, the Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries said on Thursday.

According to the industry body, footwear exports also rose nine per cent year-on-year to US$129m for the month of May, up from US$112m in April.

Brazilian footwear exports totalled US$1.55 billion in 2003.