Specialty retailer of women's plus-size fashions, Charming Shoppes Inc, said Monday it has splashed out $21.3 million on repurchasing nearly 3.2 million of its 9.5 million shares of common stock held by Limited Brands.

The Pennsylvania-based company, which acquired Limited Brands' Lane Bryant chain last year and operates 2,334 stores across the US, said in short news release it paid $6.705 each for 3.175 million of its shares.