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

  • California's minimum wage hike to US$15 per hour by 2022 could spur more garment makers to exit the state, industry experts say. Last year, Los Angeles County was home to 2,128 garment makers, down 33% from 2005. American Apparel recently said it might outsource the making of some garments to another US manufacturer, cutting 500 local jobs. LA TIMES
  • Gurgaon-based garment manufacturer Pearl Global Industries, which supplies to brands such as Gap and Zara, is planning to double its capacity in Bangladesh over the next three years. The company currently operates around 4,000 machines across four factories in the country. BUSINESS STANDARD
  • Three textile factories are to open in Kutaisi and Poti, Georgia, by the end of the year, according to the International Investors Association (IIA). The factories will import raw materials from Turkey, produce clothes and export them to Europe. The Poti factory will be built on the Black Sea coast, employing 3,000 people with an investment of US$3m. The two Kutaisi factories will be rented and will employ 600. GEORGIA TODAY
  • The Nigerian government has expressed a commitment to reviving its cotton, textile and garment industries. The Ministry of State for Industry, Trade and Investment said it will formulate favourable policies and engage the Nigerian Customs Service over indiscriminate dumping of foreign textiles and garments in the country. It also advised manufacturers to improve on their designs to appeal more to the younger generation. NEWS GHANA

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