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.

  • China plans to extend technical and financial support for cotton production over the next few years to four leading African cotton producing countries -  Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin and Chad. Cooperation between the two sides will include technology transfer, technical assistance in researches, provision of seeds, agricultural machinery, fertilizers and pesticides, funding of training projects, as well as exchanges of experience."In the longer term, we may relocate some of the textile and apparel industry into Africa," said Chinese commerce minister Chen Deming. FORUM ON CHINA-AFRICA CO-OPERATION
  • Seven & I Holdings plans to introduce clothing sections in its Ito Yokado general merchandise as part of efforts to rebuild the struggling apparel business in its general merchandise stores. The sections will be managed by the group's department store division Seibu, with the first set to open in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture on Friday. NIKKEI REPORT.
  • UAE-based Fine Fair Group is planning to have some 200 retail stores globally and plans to open 20 stores in South India. The company plans to build an international children's clothing brand. Stores are set to open in the Middle East, South Africa, Asia, the US and the UK. It also plans to open design studios in Milan and Paris. THE HINDU.
  • Swedish clothing chain KappAhl has increased the number of inspections in its suppliers in India with an independent control group after revelations of poor working conditions in two large factories in the country. ESMERK SWEDISH NEWS
  • Chinese Cotton production in 2011 is estimated to rise up to 10% to 6.5m tonnes after a production decline for three consecutive years, according the the country's Ministry of Agriculture. XINHUA's CHINA ECONOMIC INFORMATION SERVICE.