There are growing calls for global sanctions to be imposed on Honduras unless democracy is restored following the military coup which has ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, was forced into exile in Costa Rica after being arrested at the weekend.

However, Honduras is facing growing international calls for his reinstatement.

The global union for workers in the textile, garment and footwear industries has added to condemnation of the coup, and is calling for an urgent review of trade with the country.

"It is particularly regrettable that some elements of the Honduran business community, including the export sector, appear to support the overthrow of democracy," said Neil Kearney, general secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF).

Earlier this week Canadian apparel group Gildan Activewear said the continuing unrest had not affected its sock manufacturing operations in the country.

And is said a current two-week suspension in production at its textile and activewear sewing facilities had been scheduled prior to the coup.

However, some businesses in the capital, Tegucigalpa, are reported to have closed earlier this week amid the rising tension.