Casual Male Retail Group Inc is launching its big and tall men's apparel on retail giant Sears' e-commerce site sears.com under a long-term agreement.

The range incorporates brand name sportswear, active wear and apparel basics such as jeans, trousers and shirts from suppliers such as Levi's, Dockers, George Foreman Comfort Zone and Reebok.

Dress shirts and shoes will be added to the collection in the near future, followed by suit separates and dress trousers.

Chris Shimojima, Sears vice president and general manager, Customer Direct, said: "Our customers continue to request brand name apparel in men's big and tall sizes, and the addition of Casual Male and its well-known brand names is perfect in fulfilling those needs."

Casual Male's president and chief executive officer David Levin said: "The relationship with Sears in the marketing of Casual Male's products on sears.com will provide an excellent opportunity to expand the awareness of our brand and showcase our apparel to a larger audience of shoppers".

Sears, Roebuck and Co is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, selling home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated stores, as well as sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogues. Sales at sears.com increased more than 40 per cent in 2004 over 2003

Casual Male Retail Group the largest retailer of big and tall men's apparel, operating the Casual Male Big & Tall stores, Casual Male at Sears-Canada stores and  Rochester Big and Tall stores as well as  a direct to consumer business which includes catalogue and e-commerce sites.