NEW YORK — Swimming against the tide of designers exerting greater control over their overseas businesses, Nautica Enterprises Inc. will discontinue its wholesale ventures in Europe and attempt to conquer the continent through licensing.

The firm said Monday it would take a $6 million to $7 million aftertax charge to close its remaining European offices and transition its business there to licensing or other arrangements. Europe currently accounts for about 2 percent of Nautica’s sales.

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