Spanish fashion group Adolfo Dominguez SA was on Wednesday reported to have plans to open five stores in the lucrative Chinese market before the end of 2004.

Newspaper Cinco Dias said the firm will open the stores in conjunction with local partner Hua Yi Shang Lai which has the exclusive rights to develop franchises in China.

It added the new Linea U banner will be aimed at young fashion-conscious women with the first store earmarked for Beijing.