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Fab Flash: Zara Becomes World's Biggest Fashion Retailer

Fab Flash: Zara Becomes World's Biggest Fashion Retailer

Every city I go to seems to have a Zara. Whether in the UK, Europe or even across the pond in America you're never far from the Spanish retailer.

Hardly surprising then that it has just been announced that in the last few months they have overtaken Gap to become the world's biggest fashion retailer.

As Gap suffered from the plummet in US consumer spending, Zara's parent company Inditex, recorded a 9% increase in sales to €2.22bn (£1.7bn). They also benefited from the strength of the euro as Gap sales fall by 10%.

Zara was one of the first stores to offer quick fashion within a few weeks of it appearing on the catwalk and they say this is core to their success. An Inditex spokesman told The Guardian, "The success of the model lies in being able to adapt what you're offering in the shortest time possible to what clients want."

Whilst Gap offers a great range of classic basics, I find that Zara offers slightly edgier High Street pieces which wouldn't look out of place on the catwalk at Prada. Which store do you find yourself drawn to the most?

Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
I love Zara! I'm a long time shopper since I first discovered it years ago while in other countries. But now they have stores all over California, two right near my house! I absolutely love Zara's clothes and shoes. I bought a pair of boots there for about $120 and they've lasted me for years, walking around everywhere! They are still in great shape, and I get complimented on them all the time. As for Gap...I've been complaining about their lack of innovation for a long time now.
alexask alexask 9 years
i'm from the u.s., new york, but i've lived in france and germany as well, and been to h&ms and zaras all over europe. zara may be trendier than the gap. but i think the clothes are really cheap material and not fitted too well, much worse than h&m. to me h&m is like a cheap urban outfitters or anthropologie, but zara is like...i dunno forever21 or rainbow or something. that's just my opinion. but it's better than mango.
OliveBlack OliveBlack 9 years
Zara's one of my favourite shops, and I've developed a minor obsession with their A/W collection, I could easily buy every piece there at the moment. I think their overall aesthetic is quite different to other high street shops in their price range, and you're less likely to see anyone else wearing something bought there. I like the Gap for what it is, which is a good place to buy basics, like knitwear or t-shirts, but it's not somewhere I consider particularly trendy or exciting.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 9 years
I love Zara. I was just in there this past weekend!
tototee tototee 9 years
I'm really surprised... I don't really know anyone that shops in Zara..? I love Zara but have only made it into the store once!.. Must go and have a good look next time I'm in the big smoke too see what all the fuss is about!
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
I love Zara, but the closest one is 2 hours away from me. In a way, that's good, so no one else has the same clothes as me, but they're still fairly uncommon in the U.S.
bushra bushra 9 years
have to confess i haven't really taken to zara; weren't they also told off at one point for plagiarising a catwalk look?
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