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

  • With market analysts predicting that cotton prices are unlikely to fall until the next season that starts in October, textile mills in Coimbatore in South India are reducing production and raising prices. They are also urging the state government to reduce taxes. Domestic cotton prices, especially the preferred Shankar-6 variety, have risen from 34,000 per candy (355 kgs of cotton) in April to 49,000 per candy by July-end. Textile mills in the state, which account for 46% of the spinning capacity in the country, have slashed production by 15% to 20% to cut their losses. THE TIMES OF INDIA

  • Socially-compliant textile units have seen a rise in productivity according to a study by the Sustainable Production Center of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA). The  survey found textile companies have enjoyed a 52% surge in return on equity, 36% increase in efficiency, a 76% jump in production and 65% rise in wages after complying with the internationally-acclaimed social standards. THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL

  • Reliance Retail is to invest INR1bn in setting up a national distribution centre in Haryana. It will be along the lines of Amazon's fulfilment centres as the firm seeks to expand it's retail network across India. The company is also expanding its national retail network beyond the 500 towns where its physical stores operate by using a hybrid online-offline model. LIVE MINT

  • Pakistan has emerged as the largest buyer of Indian cotton, purchasing about 2.5m bales (a bale is 170 kgs) – around 40% of shipments of the fibre from the country so far in the 2015-16 season (October-September), trade and industry officials said. The country has so far exported about 6.5m bales of cotton in the 2015-16 season. THE TIMES OF INDIA

  • More than 100 garment factory workers, members of the National Trade Union Coalition (NTUC), protested outside the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, demanding the re-hiring of three fired colleagues and a solution to a number of grievances about working conditions. The workers from the Green Tree garment factory have been protesting in front of the factory since 12 August, but have since taken their complaints to the Labor Ministry after allegedly being threatened by armed men. KHMER TIMES

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