Clothing giant Jones Apparel Group Inc on Thursday revealed plans to axe some of its facilities and an unspecified number of jobs and convert some of its Enzo Angiolini shoe stores to its Bandolino brand.

The New York-based firm said it would report a fourth quarter charge of $25.5 million for the reorganisation which includes the closure of its Sun Apparel factory in Torreon, Mexico, and warehousing and administrative facilities in El Paso, Texas.

It will also rebrand 20 of its 47 retail stores operating under the Enzo Angiolini banner as they have not achieved the company's return on investment goal.

Excluding the one-off charges, Jones reaffirmed its previous earnings per share guidance of $.48 to $.50 for the quarter.

President and CEO Peter Boneparth, said: "Our continued focus is to improve upon our efficient operating model in order to better support future expansion through both internal growth and acquisitions.

"By improving productivity in two business units, the actions we are announcing today will help us to accomplish this goal."

Rhonda Brown, president and CEO, footwear, accessories and retail group, added: "Bandolino, a moderate branded concept, has been very successful since its 2000 footwear relaunch.

"The forthcoming launch of Bandolino apparel in Fall 2003 may also provide additional product opportunities in a number of the store locations."