By  on July 21, 2010

Liz Claiborne Inc. said Tuesday it plans to shutter its 87 Liz Claiborne branded outlet stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico in the next few months.

Consequently, Claiborne expects the meaningful operating losses related to this business will be eliminated in early 2011, when the closures are expected to be completed. The company’s other outlet stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, within its direct brands group, aren’t affected by the move. At the end of the first quarter, the U.S. outlet unit count was 46 for Lucky, 31 for Juicy Couture, 29 for Kate Spade and one for Kensie.

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