London-based Cath Kidston designs and sells anything from children’s clothing to homeware. About 80% of overseas turnover comes from Japan, where it has eight stores, five of which have opened in the past two years. Plans to open more Japanese stores in the future are aggressive, and target markets for further expansion in the region include Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. An online shop was recently launched in Japan, and others are planned for America and Europe. International sales have grown 91% a year, from £1.5m in 2007 to £5.6m in 2009.
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