, owner of fashion retailer Zara
, has revealed it will begin selling online for the autumn/winter 2010 season. Initially, online sales will be launched in Spain, France, Germany, UK, Italy and Portugal. A progressive rollout in all Zara markets will then follow.
Pablo Isla, Inditex's CEO and deputy chairman, describes the move online as "an important strategic step, in line with the Inditex Group’s constant daily search to offer the best service to clients worldwide".
The announcement of the move online was included in the company's first half trading statement. Overall group sales are up 9% and it opened 166 stores in 35 different countries during the first half, bringing its worldwide total at 31 July 2009 to 4,430 stores in 73 countries.