Global clothing chain Gap Inc has refused to comment on Indian press reports it is looking for ways to enter the country's retail market.

The US firm has discussed a possible venture with Indian operators including Reliance Brands, Madura Garments and the Future Group, according to India's Economic Times.

"We don't comment on rumours," a spokesperson for Gap told just-style.

Gap announced plans to enter the Australian and Italian retail markets earlier this year.

While the Australian launch is with a franchise partner, the company will use existing European teams and distribution infrastructure to open its first Italian store in Milan this year, and Rome in 2011.