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Uniqlo eager to fend off Zara and H&M in Southeast Asia

Japanese retailer opens region's biggest store in Philippines

About 600 people lined up to be the first customers at Uniqlo's biggest store in Southeast Asia, which opened in Manila Friday. (Photo by Jun Endo)

MANILA/TOKYO -- Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing opened a flagship store in the Philippines on Friday as it aggressively expands in Southeast Asia, a market where the Japanese casual clothing retailer leads globally larger rivals Hennes & Mauritz and Zara owner Inditex.

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