Brazil's footwear exports decreased by 7.7 percent in volume and 9.4 percent in revenues in March, as compared with the same period last year, with 9 million pairs priced at $83.9 million, bringing to a short-lived recovery to an end. For the full first quarter of 2019, exports were still up by 14.9 percent in volume and by 6.4 percent in revenues as compared with the same period last year, said the Brazilian Footwear Industries Association, Abicalçados. Sales of shoes abroad reached a total of 35 million priced at $267.1 million during the period, led by the U.S., where exports grew by 41 percent in volume and by 43.9 percent in value. On the other hand, the volume of exports to Argentina, the second destination for Brazilian footwear, decreased by 34.9 percent in March alone as compared with the same month last year. Brazil's imports grew by 3.5 percent in volume, but fell by 7.4 percent in value in the first quarter of 2019, with 9 million pairs priced at $93.5 million. Vietnam accounted for over 30 percent of the shoes imported by Brazil, with 2.8 million pairs worth $45.62 million, a decrease of 16.3 percent in volume and of 18.6 percent in value.