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More than 100 ready made garment factories in and around Coimbatore, India have closed down due to a skills shortage, an escalation in yarn price and a devaluation in the Indian currency against the US dollar. Garment producers have urged the textiles ministry to intervene and take steps to stabilise yarn prices. THE HINDU.

Bangladesh's exports rose 15.44% in October to $1.95bn, led by ready made garments, the Export Promotion Bureau said, but the weakening global economy is widely expected to drag on international sales. REUTERS.

A large number of garment and textile producers are relocating their manufacturing plants from Eastern Europe to Asian countries, including Vietnam, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade said. The Ministry said that Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam are likely to become increasingly attractive due to their lower labour costs. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF SERVICE.

Vietnam is looking to cultivate 30,000 hectares of cotton for local garment and textile production through 2015 to reduce its dependence on imports. The figure is expected to jump to 76,000 hectares by 2020. The country has provided 30 tons of free cotton to farmers in the three central highland provinces of Dak Nong, Dak Lak and Gia Lai and three central provinces of Phu Yen, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF SERVICE.

Vietnamese garment and textile businesses are set to face a slump of between 15% and 20% in expor orders and lack of materials and accessories for the last season as foreign buyers struggle with the economic slowdown. Apparel consumption in the US and EU is set to drop around 30% by the end of the year. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF SERVICE.