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

  • Indonesia's imports of garments surged 44.6% to US$49.31m in the first four months of this year. Imported garments came mainly from China, Thailand and India, according to a surveyor report to the trade ministry. ASIA PULSE 
  • Approximately 85,000 Zambian cotton farmers are set to benefit from the Competitive Africa Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) following a rise of up to 70% in production in the country. The project was aimed at improving productivity among 333,000 farmers in six African countries by 2012. ALL AFRICA 
  • Apparel manufacturer Tokyo Style and Sanei-International plans to expand into the Chinese market by opening four shops in Chinese department stores in the fiscal year, starting 1 July. The stores will sell Sanei-International's Jill Stuart women's wear. The merged company is targeting JPY200m (US$2.4m) in sales. ASIA PULSE
  • Japan will change its orders of garment and textile products from China to Asian suppliers including Vietnam. This is due to higher production costs in Japan, which have doubled over the past eight years. Last year, Vietnam's apparel exports to Japan fetched US$1.2bn, accounting for 11% of the nation's total export revenues in 2010. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF SERVICE 
  • India is aiming to increase textile exports by more than 13% to US$34bn in the fiscal year that started 1 April by exploring markets such as East Europe, Latin America and Japan. The country who mainly exports to the US and Europe gained from a surge in global demand as well as well as steady supplies of cotton. India's textile shipments reached $30bn in 2010 to 2011. DOW JONES NEWSWIRES 
  • Textiles retailer Raymond has launched its 'Makers' brand of poly viscose fabrics. The range of products includes poly viscose and poly-wool trouser fabrics and a range of shirting fabric in cotton, linen and cotton blends. 'Makers' products will be available at textile retail multi-brand outlets by October to November this year. INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE