Ladies' wear company Slimma Plc is shutting its private-label business in order to concentrate on its own brands.

Slimma said the private-label business has continued to be badly hit by the increasing competitiveness of the high-street.

The company has been working on building up its own brands with the purchase of upmarket lingerie brand Beau Bra in July and dress maker Cattiva in August this year.

Slimma will make 96 per cent of its sales from owned brands following the closure of the unit, the company said.