ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Uniqlo's exit from raises claim of favor to rival Alibaba chief Richard Liu, right, stands next to Ning Pan, who runs Uniqlo's Chinese operations, as they announce a business tie-up in April.

BEIJING -- Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo closed its virtual store Tuesday on China's second-biggest online retailer,, after three short months of operation, despite seemingly robust sales.

     The company, owned by Fast Retailing, had first opened an online store on Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce site. The sudden closure at appears to be another chapter in the fierce competition between the two Chinese companies, this time with Uniqlo in the spotlight.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more