Belgian clothing chain C&A's German division C&A Mode KG aims to open 60 new outlets in Germany in financial 2005/06 as it strives to boost its performance.

C&A Mode has already opened 20 of the locations as part of the scheme, which will lead to the creation of up to 500 jobs.

The company is concentrating on opening stores in towns with a population of 40,000. The new stores will mostly be family retailers.

C&A presently operates 324 outlets throughout Germany.