Casual clothing chain Uniqlo has revealed plans to expand into the US with three New Jersey stores this autumn.

The stores, which will be between 8,000-10,000 square feet each, will sell women's, men's and children's merchandise.

Tadashi Yanai, chairman and chief executive officer of Uniqlo, said: "The US market is the largest market in the world. To continue to grow in the global marketplace and be a worldwide leader, we must prosper in the US."

The New Jersey stores are designed to as a pilot, introducing the brand, the products and the shopping experience to the market.

Once the three pilot stores are stable and profitable, Uniqlo plans to rapidly expand throughout the US, and hopes to achieve $1 billion in sales there by 2010.

Uniqlo, which launched its retail chain in 1984, currently operates over 680 stores throughout Japan, China and the UK. The chain is a brand of Fast Retailing Co Ltd.