Apparel retailer Limited Inc is to change its name to Limited Brands to reflect the repositioning of its business.

Last month, the company acquired the publicly traded shares of Intimate Brands Inc., the owner of Victoria's Secret lingerie, which will trade alongside its other lifestyle brands including Express, Lerner New York, Bath & Body Works.

Over the past four years the company has also spun off Abercrombie & Fitch Co and Too Inc, as well as selling the Lane Bryant chain.

Limited said yesterday earnings for its fiscal first quarter ended 4 May rose to $49.9 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, from $30.7 million or 7 cents per share a year earlier.