Specialty retailer of casual clothing Gadzooks Inc on Tuesday announced it has extended its exclusive license agreement for Candie's apparel for a further year.

The Dallas-based operator of 430 stores said the deal through August 2004 will see it continue to exclusively offer categories of apparel, swimwear and innerwear under the Candie's label in all its retail stores.

Gadzooks president and chief merchandising officer, Paula Masters, said: "Candie's continues to meet our expectations as an exclusive brand for apparel, swimwear and innerwear.

"As we transition into our new concept, we believe that the Candie's brand and style offerings will remain top in the minds of our female customers."

Candie's chairman and CEO, Neil Cole, added: "We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with Gadzooks and believe that the new all-female format will further promote our branded apparel, innerwear and swimwear."

Financial details were not disclosed.