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  1. July 10, 2014

    Fast Retailing issues second warning after J Brand misses targets

    Fast Retailing has issued its second profit warning since the start of the year on the back of a disappointing performance...

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    June 26, 2014

    India: reading the tea leaves ahead of Modi's first budget

    The inaugural budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – scheduled for next month – is set to be scrutinised for signals on...

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  1. May 11, 2014

    Japan’s Fast Retailing eyes shopping spree

    Tadashi Yanai, founder of the Fast Retailing group, likes to shop. Japan’s Fast Retailing, which began life in 1984 selling...

  2. April 11, 2014

    Japan: time for BoJ to act

    Tadashi Yanai is not hopeful about Japanese consumers – but nor has he yet seen any effect on sales from the recent...

  3. March 4, 2014

    Fast Retailing: deals and Asian growth

    For a clothing retailer that wants to be the world number one, purchases would seem a better tactic than listing depository...

  4. Material World

    March 4, 2014

    The J Crew/Fast Retailing rumours: cherchez l’amitié

    Getty Images It’s interesting, in all the breathless reports about Fast Retailing’s maybe-possibly-hope-so acquisition of J...

  5. February 7, 2014

    ‘Elegance in an Age of Crisis’ at New York’s Museum at FIT

    The word “recession” tends to call to mind “austerity”, but as a new exhibit at New York’s Museum at FIT demonstrates, this...

  6. January 29, 2014

    Japanese boardrooms learn to love English

    English, the lingua franca of boardrooms and even, in some cases, factory floors from Paris to Nairobi, remains a distinctly...

  7. January 9, 2014

    Fast Retailing: where’s the fire?

    Consumers like fast, in cars, diets and certainly in fashion. And Fast Retailing refreshes its inventory quickly. It has...

  8. beyondbrics

    October 11, 2013

    For Uniqlo, EMs remain a bright spot

    Skinny jeans and toasty, dry undergarments are still selling in emerging markets it seems. Fast Retailing, the parent of...

  9. September 20, 2013

    Lunch with the FT: Tadashi Yanai

    At exactly 11.30am, Tadashi Yanai marches into the room and sticks out his hand. The richest man in Japan, worth $15.5bn...

  10. August 8, 2013

    Fast Retailing joins European pact on clothing factory safety

    Fast Retailing, the owner of the 1,000-store Uniqlo chain, has joined a European-led initiative to improve garment-factory...

  11. July 12, 2013

    Uniqlo: coming to a location near you

    What’s in a name? Fast Retailing would have you believe a lot. The Japanese company behind the Uniqlo brand – famed for its...

  12. June 14, 2013

    World equities steady after volatile week

    Friday 21:20 BST. A mood of relative calm descended over world equity markets at the end of a week in which growing...

  13. June 13, 2013

    Equity rout gives Japan bulls sharp reality check

    Just a few weeks ago Japan specialists were walking on air. After six months of almost uninterrupted gains in stock prices,...

  14. FT Alphaville

    June 13, 2013

    The London 6am Cut

    COMMENT AND CURIOS - “The Purest Political Economist of Them All: Albert Hirschman’s Legacy”, by Dan Drezner. - What the...

  15. June 13, 2013

    Wall Street resilient to Nikkei slide

    Thursday 21:10 BST. A further plunge in Japanese share prices and fresh gains for the yen ultimately did little to deter...

  16. June 5, 2013

    Nikkei: not so fine

    The Nikkei 225 Average is now one bad day away from bear market territory at its recent rate of decline. The Topix,...

  17. June 2, 2013

    Private equity: Deals follow shift in consumer luxury spending

    Six years after the height of private equity’s interest in luxury fashion was marked by Permira’s acquisition of Valentino...

  18. May 30, 2013

    Fears grow Japan sell-off will escalate

    Japan’s great stock rally officially entered correction territory on Thursday, with the latest 5 per cent drop providing a...

  19. FT Alphaville

    May 23, 2013

    The Nikkei: a market abducted by retail

    Blame Bernanke, China or the BoJ but this Nikkei rout has apparently been led by the little guys. From the FT: Over the past...

  20. Material World

    May 1, 2013

    Where is the LVMH of the contemporary market?

    Getty Images Despite all the lip service paid to potential of the contemporary market – despite J Crew’s expansion into...

  21. April 11, 2013

    Uniqlo: wearing it well

    Fast Retailing is a Japanese company in an almighty hurry. The clothes retailer, which owns the Uniqlo brand, announced on...

  22. April 10, 2013

    Uniqlo picks Shanghai for biggest store

    Uniqlo has chosen China, site of recent demonstrations against its home country Japan, to open its largest store later this...

  23. March 25, 2013

    Equities give back early gains

    Monday 20:00 GMT. Global equities lost ground and the euro came under pressure as an initial sense of relief that Cyprus had...

  24. February 7, 2013

    Bright outlook for Japan Inc as yen falls

    By the standards of Japanese executives, Takahiko Ijichi was verging on effusive. As he took to the stage this week to...

  25. February 5, 2013

    Stocks rebound after eurozone wobble

    Tuesday 21.05 GMT. Global stock markets rebounded after a wobbly start to the week, pushing the S&P 500 back above the 1500...

  26. January 24, 2013

    H&M will rise to challenge in its own way

    Proud as the lions on Sweden’s royal coat of arms, Hennes & Mauritz resolutely guards its right to make business decisions...

  27. January 10, 2013

    Fast Retailing finds Uniqlo fits all

    Fast Retailing forecast record net profits of Y87bn in the year to August, up from its previous forecast of Y84.5bn, as...

  28. Material World

    December 5, 2012

    Adding Topshop to J Crew makes sense for LGP

    The news that Leonard Green & Partners, an LA-based private equity firm, may take a 25 per cent stake in Philip Green’s...

  29. November 30, 2012

    Fast Retailing to buy 80% stake in J Brand

    Japanese clothing group Fast Retailing, owner of the Uniqlo brand, is paying $290m for an 80 per cent stake in US prestige...

  30. October 12, 2012

    Cool reception to SoftBank deal hits Nikkei

    SoftBank led Tokyo’s Nikkei index lower on Friday after investors pulled out of the stock in response to the hefty price tag...

  31. October 8, 2012

    Stocks end week on sour note

    Friday 21.10 BST. Most global stock markets ended the week on a sour note and the S&P 500 posted its biggest weekly drop in...

  32. beyondbrics

    September 22, 2012

    The weekender, September 22

    The week in a nutshell on beyondbrics, with our 10 most popular stories, five things we’ve learnt, and a chart. This week:...

  33. September 19, 2012

    Shippers and exporters lead Nikkei 225

    Asian equities markets received a boost from the Bank of Japan’s surprise action to add Y10tn ($126bn) to its stimulus...

  34. September 18, 2012

    Stocks exposed to China limit Nikkei 225

    The Nikkei average fell on Tuesday as companies heavily exposed to China were caught in tensions between China and Japan...

  35. beyondbrics

    September 18, 2012

    China's chill wind hits Japan stocks

    embed1 Tuesday was the day that the long-running territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo became a real concern for...

  36. September 18, 2012

    Anti-Japan protests spread across China

    Tension between China and Japan over a group of disputed islands escalated on Tuesday as 11 Chinese patrol boats headed...

  37. July 15, 2012

    Japan’s king of casual smartens up

    It is notable that Tadashi Yanai, president of Fast Retailing, best known for its Uniqlo brand, has chosen to go without a...

  38. May 21, 2012

    Asia rallies on China growth pledge

    Asian stocks regained some ground after Friday’s sharp fall with resource stocks rising after Wen Jiabao, China’s premier,...

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