LOS ANGELES — In a time when teens have clamped down on spending and retailers are slowing expansion plans, Pacific Sunwear of California said Wednesday that it will increase its retail square footage by 12 percent this year. The rise doesn’t reach last year’s increase of 14 percent, but it is higher than planned, due primarily to the strength of the girls’ business at PacSun and Demo stores.

For fiscal 2003, PacSun plans to open 75 net new stores versus the 60 stores originally announced. The 75 net number comes from 87 new stores minus 12 planned store closings and will include 61 new PacSun stores, four new PacSun Outlets and 10 Demo stores. The Anaheim, Calif.-based retailer will continue its plan to relocate 30 stores to larger locations. Last year, PacSun added 73 stores and expanded or relocated 30 stores to larger sites.

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