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Brooks Bros. Finds Partner, Heads to the U.K.

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New York City, Brooks Bros. announced a new partnership with Brightark Ltd. of London. In the next five years, the new entity, Brooks Bros. United Kingdom, will open several stores throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. The first new location is slated to open at the end of this month at Lion Plaza, located in the center of London’s financial district.

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Goody’s Family Clothing Announces Buyout

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Knoxville, Tenn., Goody’s Family Clothing has reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of private-investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc. in a deal worth nearly $273 million. Chairman and CEO Robert M. Goodfriend and his family, who together own 42% of Goody’s shares, previously agreed to the Sun Capital terms. Goodfriend, son of the company’s founder, will leave the chain.

Goody’s operates 368 moderately-priced clothing stores in 20 states in the South and Midwest.

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Strong 4Q for Dress Barn

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Suffern, N.Y., The Dress Barn Inc. posted fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $33.6 million, or $1.08 a share, compared with $13.8 million, or 45 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Net sales for the 13-week period, ended July 30, 2005, increased 48% to $307.1 million compared to the prior year’s level of $208 million. The increase was driven by the inclusion of results from Maurices, which the chain acquired in January 2005, and a same-store sales increase of 6% for the quarter.

Net sales for 52-week period ended July 30 increased 33% to $1 billion compared to $754.9 million reported for the year-ago period. Same-store sales rose 5% for the fiscal year.

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