Clothing group Industria de Diseno Textil SA (Inditex) has signed a deal with one of Indonesia's top retailers, PT Mitra Adiperkasa TBK, to open its first chain of Zara clothing shops in the country.

Inditex, which also operates the Berschka, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti chains, said the first two stores would open in the Indonesian capital Jakarta at the start of the autumn/winter 2005 season.

The company added that it plans to grow sales point in other Asia-Pacific markets by opening eight stores in Japan, two in Hong Kong and one in Singapore this year.

The openings will push up Inditex's retail portfolio in the region to 30 stores by the end of 2005.