AFOOT AT FEDERATED: Footstar Inc.’s Meldisco division will take over operations of Federated Department Stores’ 46 leased children’s shoe departments in July and will open as many as 175 additional kids’ shoe areas in the next three years, the two firms said Thursday. Currently operated by Stride Rite, the departments will be converted to open-sell formats that, in addition to an assortment of brands, also will feature the first children’s shoe offerings under Federated’s Greendog label. Greendog debuted as a children’s apparel line in all Federated units except Bloomingdale’s in August 2000. The 46 existing children’s shoe departments are housed in the company’s Macy’s, Goldsmith’s, Lazarus and Rich’s divisions.

CAMBODIA’S REWARD: U.S. trade officials have decided to grant Cambodia a 9 percent increase in apparel and textile quotas across the board as a reward for improvements in its labor standards and working conditions, an official confirmed Thursday. The increase in quota levels comes on top of standard quota growth rates embodied in the bilateral textile pact, which was renewed this week. The quota growth rates on apparel and textile imports from Cambodia this year, including the increase tied to labor improvements, will be 15 percent for nonwool items and 10 percent for wool products.

JUST PRIVATE: Streetwear label Private Circle is clipping its moniker to Private in order to align itself more closely with its Barcelona-based, adult entertainment parent company, Millcap Media Group. “The line is taking a new direction. The new name updates it as a whole,” said designer Freddie Rojas, who joined the label in October to give it a vampier look. A Private T-shirt line designed by Rojas and former Fresh Jive graphic artist Nathan Jobe will bow at Femme on Saturday. Wholesale prices range from $9 for tank tops to $38 for printed Ts. The brand will open its first freestanding boutique on Melrose, the site of Rojas’s former boutique, in February.

DONEGER RECRUIT: The Doneger Group market research and merchandising consulting firm has hired Paula Correri as market specialist of misses’ and petite casual sportswear, including swimwear, activewear and weekend wear. She reports to Kathy Bradley-Riley, merchandise manager. Correri most recently was with Match Clothing. Before that, she was a divisional merchandise manager at Frederick Atkins and held buying positions at Belk Store Services and Mercantile Stores. Correri succeeds Lucy Camporeale, who resigned.

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