NEW YORK — Ralph Lauren Corp. may be planning to shutter the Rugby chain, but retail remains its future growth engine.
The company said Friday that after the second quarter ended, the firm approved a plan to discontinue its Rugby brand operations “in order to focus resources on higher growth, more scalable global opportunities with the core Ralph Lauren brand.” The company will close 14 stores and the e-commerce site over the balance of fiscal 2013. It expects to record pretax charges of $20 million to $30 million during the second half of the year, with 75 percent expected to be booked in the third quarter.
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