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New Disney park in China to bolster sales, Uniqlo chief says

Fast Retailing Co. Chairman Tadashi Yanai said Walt Disney Co.’s new park in Shanghai will help his Uniqlo casual clothing brand expand in China, shrugging off concerns over an economic slowdown in the Japanese retailer’s largest overseas market.

"The opening of the Shanghai Disneyland gives both of us, Uniqlo and Disney, a business opportunity," Chairman Tadashi Yanai told reporters in Shanghai, where Uniqlo will open a new Disney-inspired concept store. "Our business is getting absolutely no impact" from China’s slowdown, he said.

Japan’s richest person, Yanai plans to open 100 stores a year in China as Uniqlo competes with Hennes & Mauritz AB’s H&M and Inditex SA’s Zara to win over consumers in the world’s most populous country. The retailer’s design tie-up comes as Disney prepares to open its USD5.5 billion Shanghai theme park next year, its biggest foreign investment and a bet on the country’s booming middle class.

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