In its quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Liz Claiborne said it plans to open a total of 45 new stores in the remainder of fiscal 2002.

The US apparel maker also noted that capital expenditures for the year are expected to be $75 million.

These expenditures will focus on in-store shops, ongoing technology upgrades and expansion of the company's management information systems and distribution facilities, the company said.