By and  on February 8, 2011

Levi Strauss & Co.’s accelerated shift into retail gear helped it boost fourth-quarter profits 28.4 percent, and the company has no plans to alter its increasingly vertical orientation.

The San Francisco-based denim giant grew its base of company-owned stores to 470 units at the end of 2010, about 190 of them in the Americas, from 414 a year earlier. Overseas, franchised units grew to about 2,000 from about 1,600 in the same period.

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