High-street fashion chain New Look has acquired 34 Littlewoods stores from retail group Associated British Foods.

The purchase comes as part of a large-scale growth plan that will see New Look expand its UK retail space to 2.4 million square feet by March next year, from 1.6m square feet last year.

Chief executive Phil Wrigley said: "This is a great deal and enables us to bring the New Look brand to more customers and reinforce our position as the third largest women's retailer in the country".

New Look withdrew from bidding for the Littlewoods store chain earlier this year. The purchase was finally secured by AB Foods, which operates the booming value chain Primark.