Fast Retailing's low priced clothing retailer G.U. plans to reduce the proportion of product it sources from China.

Currently, some 70% of its products are made in China, but this is set to decline as the company expands internationally.

A spokesperson for the retailer told just-style that its plans to expand globally means it will need to extend its production capability. It is also hoping to shorten the lead times on sourcing and is seeking more efficient scale production.

Yet, the company remains committed to China, with the spokesperson saying it will look for more production sites in China, but in order to shorten lead times and be more efficient it may need to collaborate with other suppliers.

"We are not limiting the countries under consideration, so we would like to collaborate with any country who can provide more production capability at a high quality and shorter lead time, with cost benefit," the spokesperson said.

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World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, September 2012 edition

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