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.

Turkish company Hateks has acquired a 90% stake in French textile firm Contonella. Hateks chief executive Abud Abdo said the company is working to increase its share in European markets and that the move will play an important role in the firm's sales growth targets in Europe. HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS.

The South Korean government has agreed to help Ethiopia develop its textile and leather industry through sharing its development and know-how. The agreement came at a summit with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and includes a memorandum of understanding on industrial co-operation. YONHAP NEWS AGENCY.

Vietnam has seen apparel exports to the US rise 14.23% to reach US$5.75bn between January and October. Footwear exports rose 36.7% to $1.54bn. Overall trade between the two countries 19% to $18.57bn, up on the two countries' earlier target of $18bn. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF SERVICE.

The Indian Department of Environment has fined Johnny Textile Mills INR30m for polluting Shitalakkhya river by discharging toxic chemical waste. It is the largest sum the department has ever fined since it commenced its current drive in July 2010. The plant had been running illegally without environmental clearance and effluent treatment plants since its establishment 20 years ago. The factory has been directed to establish an effluent treatment plant by 31 January 2012. THE DAILY STAR.

A number of companies from Vietnam and Nigeria have discussed the possibility of increasing co-operation at a workshop in Hanoi. At the seminar, deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Le Duong Quang said that Nigeria is a potential market for Vietnam in Africa, serving as a gateway to other Western and Central African markets. He also urged Vietnam and Nigeria to consider signing a number of agreements on economic, trade and investment co-operation. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF SERVICE.