NEW YORK — Nautica Enterprises’ fight with a dissident investor group received a blow Wednesday when a prominent proxy advisory firm came out in favor of the insurgents just days before an expected showdown at the annual meeting next Tuesday.

Institutional Shareholder Services Wednesday released a report that supported proposals of the group, which is led by Barington Companies Equity Partners. The group, which holds 3.1 percent of Nautica’s stock, is asking shareholders to replace directors John Varvatos and Robert Scherer with former Revlon executive William Fox and Barington chairman James Mitarotonda. They are supporting reelection of Nautica’s other six directors.

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