Lefaso, the leather and footwear industry association in Vietnam, has announced that exports of shoes and leather products in general rose by almost 19 percent in the first eight months of 2010, reaching $3.2 billion. The increase came largely as a result of increased demand in the U.S., after a downturn associated with the recession. The country takes the fourth position among the top manufacturers of footwear in the world. Despite labor shortages, Lefaso thinks the industry will exceed its export target figure of $4.6 billion for the full year, now expected to reach $5.4 billion.