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Uniqlo debuts in India as global rivalries in apparel heat up

CEO Yanai says Japanese brand will hit Ho Chi Minh City soon

A customer browses for clothes at Uniqlo's first store in India. Asia has become the primary growth driver for parent Fast Retailing as purchasing power in the region rises. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

NEW DELHI/TOKYO -- Japanese fashion giant Fast Retailing opened its first Uniqlo store in India on Friday, marking the brand's latest market debut following a September launch in Italy.

Fast Retailing is positioned as one of the top apparel brands after Zara and H&M, with revenue of 2.1 trillion yen ($19.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended August 2018.

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