Trendy fashion chain Abercrombie & Fitch is delaying its launch onto the Canadian market until Spring 2006, according to a source cited by Dow Jones.

The source did not know the reason for the store openings in Toronto and Edmonton being postponed.

Abercrombie, which had originally planned to open stores in Canada before the end of 2005, has previously suffered problems with consensus over expansion plans, as ex-president and chief operating officer Robert Singer admitted.

Chairman and chief executive officer Mike Jeffries said at the time of Singer's departure that the company was solidifying plans to break into the Canadian and UK markets but that "entry into other foreign markets will be at a more deliberate pace".