UK fashion chain River Island has remained coy on speculation it is looking to open its first store in the US next year. 

The retailer, which has nearly 300 shops in the UK and internationally, is planning to open its first US store in Manhattan, New York next year, according to The Independent.

The report added that River Island has conducted due diligence on possible sites in the area.

However, when contacted by just-style today (7 August), a spokesperson for River Island declined to comment. 

The speculation comes after UK fashion group Arcadia announced last month that its Topshop and Topman branded apparel will soon be available in the US in 14 Nordstrom stores.