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Limited Brands presents roadmap

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Firm will refocus on personal care and intimate apparel as part of an initiative to reduce costs, return value to shareholders and home in on key growth areas, according to a June 22 release. Limited Brands previously announced that it will sell a 67% interest in its Express clothing brand to Golden Gate Capital; that deal will close July 6. Limited is "exploring strategic alternatives" for its Limited Brand clothing stores, the company says. Beginning in FY 2008, the firm will reduce SG&A expenses by about $100 mil. annually by trimming corporate and brand staff by about 10%. Firm also will double its $500 mil. share repurchase effort; thus far, the company has repurchased $190.5 in shares. To fund its repurchasing program as well as the acquisition of La Senza and other "corporate requirements," the company says it will raise $1.25 bil. in debt...
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