Following up on the previously reported increase in leather exports from China, the China Leather Industry Association said that exports of leather shoes rose by 11.4 percent to $4.9 billion in the first six months of the year. Finished and semi-finished leather grew by 21.8 percent to $228.8 million, and raw hides and skins were up by 37.5 percent to $2.7 million. Leather apparel fell by 16 percent to about $273 million. Overall, the leather sector had a 21.8 percent increase in exports to $17.9 billion. Its imports in the same sector grew by 20.8 percent to $4.5 billion.