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Uniqlo to double China stores, but real fight lies online

Country to have more outlets than Japan by 2020

TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Uniqlo has developed into one of Japan's most iconic brands, but by 2020, the casual clothing retailer will operate more stores in China than in its home country. By strengthening overseas operations, the company hopes to achieve a sales target of 3 trillion yen ($27.4 billion).

Uniqlo, which is owned by Fast Retailing, plans to have 1,000 stores in China within the next two and a half years and has introduced a fast-track training scheme to bring enough store managers up to speed within the short time frame.

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