Monsoon sweeps into South America

Monsoon has opened its first South American store - an Accessorize outlet in Brazil.

The franchised shop opened in the city of Sao Paulo in the Iguatemi shopping centre, which also houses Bally, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany stores.

Local sources say there are plans for a total of five shops in Brazil over the next two years, including one in Rio de Janeiro.

Monsoon said in July it hoped to double the number of international stores over the next year to between 130 and 155.

Franchise deals have already been struck in Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia.