Leading men's wear retailer JoS A Bank Clothiers Inc says it aims to open approximately 46 new stores during the second half of financial 2005, including at least 25 stores in the third quarter.

With the additional store openings, the company will have opened a total of 60 new stores this year, part of its strategy to operate approximately 500 stores within the next three to four years.

Chief executive officer Robert Wildrick said: "With our strong sales trends and continued profit growth, we are very encouraged as we execute our plan to become the dominant menswear brand in the US".

1905-founded JoS A Bank currently operates 287 stores in the US and the District of Columbia, a catalogue, and an e-commerce website.