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.

  • High cotton prices in China are expected to continue into the first half of 2011, according to a report published by the Cotton Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Cotton prices may stabilise and return to more normal levels after June 2011, it said. ASIA PULSE
  • Tainan Spinning, one of Taiwan's leading textile firms, is to invest NTD152.5m (US$5m) to set up a garment production plant in China's Henan Province. The project will allow the company to take advantage of the relatively low labour costs in the Chinese hinterland away from the coastal provinces. An initial monthly production of 160,000 units is expected to rise to 300,000 units by 2012. CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY
  • Bangladesh is sending a government delegation to Uzbekistan as part of plans to import cotton directly from this major growing country. Its current practice of purchasing the raw material for its textile sector through third-party sources is having an adverse impact on prices in the domestic market. ASIA PULSE
  • Mauritius-based clothing group Ciel Textiles has posted a 47% slump in its first quarter pre-tax profits to MUR25.16m (US$0.85m), blaming a strong local currency and higher than expected costs for a new Asian unit. The group, which supplies Marks & Spencer, Next and Zara, said revenues edged up 2% to MUR2.14bn and that its order book for the coming quarter is "solid." REUTERS