The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • Chinese cotton consumption is expected to rise for the first time in seven years, after tumbling by one third over the last six years. While demand is expected to grow by 1m bales to 33m bales in 2016-17 – the country's first rise since 2009-10, experts say this will not prevent a further fall in international prices. AGRIMONEY.COM
  • Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has welcomed cooperation between the company and the Indonesian government to boost the country's clothing industry. H&M recently expanded production capacity in Indonesia and plans to open new stories in the country. The annual value of H&M supplies to Indonesia has reached up to $400m. SCANDASIA.COM
  • Vietnamese exporters of footwear and leather goods are forecasting combined revenue will grow more than 13% this year to US$17bn. And while this growth will rely on free trade agreements, manufacturers are paying more attention to the US market. Last year, the US replaced the EU to become the biggest market of Vietnamese leather products with sales of nearly $5bn. THANHNIEN NEWS
  • Danish investors are keen to invest more in Bangladesh, including the country's readymade garment sector, and further extend their partnership with the country, according to Soren Robenhagen, Commercial Counsellor of the Danish Embassy in Dhaka. Some 15 years ago, only a small number of Danish companies were operating in Bangladesh. Now, there are as many as 60 firms. DHAKA TRIBUNE
  • A report prepared by the World Bank and the government of Vietnam has set out recommendations to help lift the country to upper middle-income status in two decades. Vietnam 2025 suggests Vietnam build a more competitive private sector, support smart urbanisation, promote innovation and take advantage of increasing trade opportunities to enact broad structural reforms. TUOITRE NEWS

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