The following is a roundup of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • Textile and apparel production in Guatemala is being pressured by a shortage of raw materials, including threads and fabrics. The shortages have led to higher prices on inputs and delays on exports according to local businessmen. Firms were caught out after demand fell over the past two years. PRENSALIBRE
  • A factory in Cambodia has been forced to close after 47 of its employees fainted while working. An additional 50 workers at the Pine Great (Cambodia) Garments factory complained of headaches after shifts at the factory. Possible causes are said to include chemicals in the fabrics, a poor environment or lack of food. THE PHNOM PENH POST
  • Textile workers in Swaziland are threatening strike action after reaching a deadlock in pay talks with employers. The Swaziland Manufacturing and Allied Workers Union (SMAWU) said that in addition to poor wages workers face unpaid leave, discrimination, lack of health and safety laws, and victimisation if they join unions. In 2008, more than 16 000 textile workers took part in a strike. SWAZI OBSERVER
  • The Bangladesh government said they are nearing a minimum wage structure for garment workers. Bangladesh's Labour and Employment Minister Engr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain indicated that an announcement would be made on 28 July. It is hoped the deal will settle recent factory riots and unrest in the country. ASIA PULSE
  • Indian yarn manufacturer Priyadarshini Spinning Mills Ltd has decided to sell its garment unit to Marigold Landmark Estates for an estimated INR10.6 crore (US$2.14m). It is thought the company wants to concentrate on its primary business of spinning and yarn dyeing in textiles. RELIGARE TECHNOVA NEWS SERVICE