French retail group Carrefour has signed a deal with BCBG Max Azria Group for a women's ready-to-wear clothing line.

The agreement with Los Angeles, US-based BCBG will see the latter designing, making and supplying collections for Carrefour's hypermarkets in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Greece.

The line will be designed for the 2007 autumn/winter collection, set to arrive in stores during the second semester of the year.

BCBG designer, chairman and CEO Max Azria said: "I am thrilled to be partnering with the Carrefour group. They have a global presence, a loyal consumer following, and a world-class brand name."

Carrefour management board chairman Jose Luis Duran said: "This collaboration with an internationally renowned fashion company is integral to the Carrefour group's strategy to further develop its sales in the non-food sector."

Carrefour is ranked as Europe's top retailer and has a presence in 29 countries.

BCBG designs, develops, produces and markets complete collections of women's ready-to-wear and accessories, and select categories for men.