IN BRIEF

SWEET DEAL: Candies Inc. signed an agreement Tuesday with Designs Inc. granting the retailer exclusive rights to open 75 Candies outlet locations over the next five years. Designs Inc., which owns and operates Levi’s and Dockers outlets, has committed to opening at least 75 Candies outlets beginning Jan. 1. The new outlet locations will be spread out nationally and will carry Candie’s young women’s footwear, apparel and accessories, as well as fragrances and cosmetics, said Neil Cole, chairman and chief executive officer. Candies distributes its merchandise through better department and specialty stores nationwide, as well as through 10 company-owned stores and other specialty stores internationally.