Footwear firm Brown Shoe Company Inc is to close another distribution centre this year as part of ongoing efforts to realign its business and reduce excess capacity in its network.

The facility at Sikeston, Missouri will be closed in a phased move beginning in May and finishing in October.

"The decision to close this facility was difficult and is in no way a reflection of the skills and abilities of the Sikeston team," said Mike Kauffman, senior vice president of global supply chain management for Brown Shoe Company. "However, the industry landscape continues to change, and we must adapt and evolve to remain competitive."

The company, which owns the Famous Footwear and Naturalizer retail chains, is also in the process of shuttering its distribution centre in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin this year, in a move that was announced in November.

The closures come as the firm blamed restructuring costs for pushing it to a fourth quarter loss of $8.2m.