Wal-Mart is to sell Jones Apparel Group's l.e.i. brand for juniors, junior plus and girls this summer at stores nationwide.

The deal expands an existing agreement with Wal-Mart, and will bring the junior lifestyle brand to a broader audience.

Wesley R Card, Jones president and CEO, said: "We are confident that with this partnership with Wal-Mart, there is excellent potential to grow and leverage the strength of l.e.i. as a branded resource across categories."

l.e.i. is an acronym for 'Life, Energy, Intelligence' and Jones Apparel will continue to lead its design, manufacturing and production.