Wal-Mart is moving its fashion offices back to its headquarters in Bentonville Arkansas, according to reports.

The world's largest retailer is closing its New York fashion office and consolidating its buying operations at its Bentonville headquarters as part of a shift back to focusing on basics, Reuters reported.

The retailer moved into New York's fashion district in 2009 as part of attempts to broaden its business by offering more fashionable clothing to its shoppers.

"When you consider our core strategy centred in basics and fashion basics, in order to execute our offices do not need to be located in New York," Andy Barron, executive vice president of the Walmart US softlines business, reportedly said in a memo sent to U.S. employees on Wednesday.

"Also roughly 40% of our apparel planning, replenishment and modular execution associates are in Bentonville today. It just makes sense to unite our apparel efforts in one location."

Wal-Mart plans to relocate as many as possible of the roughly 275 workers in New York to Bentonville and plans to complete the move by 1 February.

Wal-Mart did not respond to requests for comment.