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Fri 29 Feb 2008 06:21 PM

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Dolce & Gabbana plans six store Gulf assault

Milan fashion designers recognise Middle East as a red hot growth market.

Dolce & Gabbana's ready to wear fashion line, D&G, is planning to open six stores in the Middle East, beginning with outlets in Kuwait and Jeddah, this spring.

Stores in Doha and Bahrain will follow in the second half of this. Dubai and Riyadh outlets will be opened early next year.

The Milan-based fashion designer has been enjoying booming sales for its creations in the Middle East. The region now accounts for 5% of global sales for D&G.

The designer's annual turnover is $2.12 billion, for all of its lines including Dolce & Gabbana fashion, eyewear and fragrances. At 5%, the Middle East market could have been worth as much as $110 million for the company over the past 12 months, according to ArabianBusiness.com calculations.

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