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Uniqlo shifts more production to Southeast Asia from China

Clothing chain's Vietnamese suppliers rose 40% over last disclosure

A Uniqlo store in Tokyo's Ginza district. China is still the clothing chain's main base of suppliers, but Vietnam's importance has grown.

TOKYO -- Fast Retailing, operator of casual clothing chain Uniqlo, is relying more on Southeast Asian producers as wages rise in China and the number of garment workers falls there.

Major Uniqlo suppliers in Vietnam have increased about 40% since the brand first published a list of them in February 2017, a revised version issued Friday shows.

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