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HDS Retail Asia Pacific opens in Taiwan


Lagardère Travel Retail

Paris, May 27, 2007

HDS Retail Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the opening of it’s first store in Taiwan. Situated within Taiwan’s High Speed Rail System (THSR) the store is located in the Taichung Station and operates under the Relay brand.

Stretching 345km from Taipei to Kaohsiung the THSR network passes through 14 cities and 77 Towns and Counties. The state of the art transit system will provide Taiwan’s 22.6 million people with a fast and efficient means of travel with train speeds reaching an astonishing 300km/hr. By 2013 it is forecasted that almost half a million trips will be made daily on the THSR system.

HDS Retail Asia Pacific will open 5 Relay stores within the THSR network by June 2007 in the Taoyuan, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Tsoying stations.

Relay, the first global brand in travel retail, is the world’s only chain of its kind with more than 1,100 outlets in 17 countries covering Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
The opening of operations in Taiwan will add to HDS Retail Asia Pacific’s already established network of 67 stores in Australia, 13 in Hong Kong and 9 in Singapore.

CEO Scott Raisin said ‘HDS Retail Asia Pacific is delighted by the chance to further expand our presence in the Asia Pacific region and to be working with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation in this exciting development’.

Alexander Twose  - tél : 33 1 42 99 07 01 - email :

Scott Raisin - Chief Executive Officer - tél : +61 (2) 8218 1105

Frieda Lam - General Manager - Hong Kong - tél : +85 (2) 2116 8868

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