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.

  • A team of personnel from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board have closed nine illegal dyeing units that were polluting River Cauvery near Pallipalayam in Tiruchengode Taluk. The units were evicted following complaints by local residents that the sites were polluting underground river water. 74 masonry tanks used for manual dyeing, 11 pieces of machinery, six diesel generators and a boiler were demolished. THE HINDU
  • A worker shortage in China's Guangdong province has hit its labour intensive industries. The province is facing a shortage of around 800,000 workers across the textile, catering and shoe-making sectors. The region accounts for a third of China's exports. CHINA DAILY
  • A number of Greek businesses are looking abroad for potential investment. Fintexport is reportedly in talks with Chinese group Fuxing Group over a possible deal for the Greek company to produce thread. Denim producer Hellenic Fabrics has also been in talks with a potential investor. EKATHIMERINI.COM
  • Indonesian textile companies are set to be hit by proposed fuel subsidy cuts. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is considering a plan to raise the price of fuel from  IDR4,500 to IDR6,000 per litre. If the cuts are passed, textile and steel companies may have to lower their expectations for 2012. The two industries were predicting growth of 7.1% for the year. ANTARA
  • Indian cotton prices are likely to remain steady as farmers reduce supplies to offset the lower demand from domestic textile makers. Prices fell by INR1,600 per candy last week. Daily arrivals in spot markets have fallen to 130,000 bales from over 200,000 bales in January. Farmers may not be willing to sell at this price and may hold supplies, which could provide some support to falling prices, said one dealer. REUTERS.