Shoe exports from Brazil increased 18 per cent in volume during 2000 compared to last year, resulting in a 21 per cent increase in turnover according to statistics released by the Associacao Brasileira das Industrias de Calcados. The country reported an increase in turnover from shoe exports from $1.27bn in 1999 to £1.55bn during 2000, which represented a volume increase from 137 million pairs of shoes in 1999 to 162.5 million pairs in 2000.