Daily Archives: May 5, 2009

Fund Managers Continuing to Invest In China

Regional Investment Shows Investor Confidence Growing Rapidly In Critical Markets

Fund managers have recently helped kickstart China’s stock market, which has slowed down as a result of the economic downturn. In tandem with the recent federal stimulus packages, it appears that China’s economy is warming up quickly relative to other emerging economies, which remain sluggish. Fund managers throughout Asia have noted the attractiveness of the Chinese market as it looks to be one of the quickest to get back on a growth track. In Malaysia, which watches China’s stock markets closely and has strong economic links to Greater China, an article today reflects the bullish mood of fund managers who are putting their investments in vehicles throughout Asia:

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Western Retailers Expanding In Mainland China Market To Meet Growing Demand

High Street Fashion Companies Opening New Locations Throughout China, Mirroring Strategy Of Major Luxury Brands

China's female consumer segment is spending freely, even during the global economic crisis Image ©Reuters

China's female consumer segment is spending freely, even during the global economic crisis Image ©Reuters

Recently, as consumers in developed countries have cut back, Western retailers have had to retool their growth strategies to include more store locations in emerging nations. We have recently seen the Barbie franchise open its flagship store in Shanghai, and now H&M has opened its first Beijing location, joining 14 other locations in the mainland. With the opening of these new stores, joining other global retail empires like Zara, Levi’s, and Uniqlo and luxury brands like Burberry in expanding in the China market, it is clear that China has become a critical part of all retailers’ growth plans. As ARC China reports, the grand opening of H&M’s Beijing store enticed hundreds of fashion-hungry Beijingers:

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