US swimwear firm Authentic Fitness Corp has ordered five million women's swim suits from two manufacturers in Vietnam - the first time it has sourced apparel from the country.

The huge order was placed by the managing director of the Warnaco subsidiary, Roger Williams, after he inspected the factories recently. The financial details of the deals were not revealed.

The Saigon Times Daily reported Williams as saying that if the orders are completed successfully then he is likely to place future orders with the unnamed producers.

It added that Authentic Fitness and Bodywaves Inc are holding talks into the possibility of setting up a joint venture in Vietnam producing women's sports apparel.