French women's ready-to-wear retail group Beaumanoir is planning to recruit 400 to 500 staff this year after boosting its workforce by 500 in 2005.

The company now has a chain of approximately 385 stores in France trading under the Cache-Cache and Patrice Breal brand names.

Last year it acquired the Scottage brand which specialises in fashion for women in the 45+ age bracket.

St Malo-based Beaumanoir is targeting a 2006 consolidated turnover of EUR 500m compared to EUR 400m last year and EUR 250m in 2004.

By Stuart Todd