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Spain's Inditex, the largest fashion retailer in Europe by revenue, reported resilient profits for 2008, but said it would scale back expansion plans as the economic downturn worsens. Inditex is on track to become the world's largest clothing retailer as it continues to expand, while US fashion giant Gap closes more stores than it launches.
German retailer Metro is planning to open a chain of consumer-electronics locations throughout China in a bid to compete against Best Buy. Metro's Media Markt unit is joining forces with Foxconn Technology of Taiwan to open shop in Shanghai next year, the first of possibly hundreds of stores.
Because Myer's joint-venture partner in Dubai--Nakheel--has delayed the construction of shopping centres the Australian company was planning to enter, the retailer has been forced to postpone its expansion into the emirate. "I don't see anything happening with that in the short to medium term," Myer Executive Chairman Bill Wavish said.
Future Group, Videocon, Reliance Retail, Wadhawan and other retailers in India are delaying their plans for implementing cash-and-carry operations so they can conserve cash. Analysts, however, already have noted problems in making the strategy succeed. Wal-Mart, Carrefour and other global giants, meanwhile, might take advantage of the situation to accelerate the pace of their cash-and-carry operations in India.