WH Smith to open Russian stores in 2013 - consultant
November 23, 2012 12:14 AM EST
Newspapers, books and stationery retailer WH Smith Plc
The company is targeting airports to kick-start its expansion on the Russian market, with the help of local partners, Yulia Sokolova, a leasing director at Knight Frank, told Reuters.
Russia has been attracting international retailers seeking exposure to growing markets amid sluggish sales in much of Europe, with consistently rising disposable incomes and a 143 million-strong population underlying the country's appeal.
WH Smith, which operates more than 1,100 stores, primarily in Britain, said in April that it plans to expand internationally, focusing on new stores at travel hubs and in growing overseas markets that are helping to offset weakness on Britain's high streets.
The company was not immediately available for comment on its Russian expansion plans.
(Reporting by Natalia Ishchenko and Olga Sichkar; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by David Goodman)
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