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Marc Cain invests in new distribution centre

Womenswear brand Marc Cain is building a new distribution centre at its headquarters in Bodelshausen, Germany, to better service its domestic and international businesses.

The German womenswear brand, which is celebrating 40 years in business this year and has 105 wholesale stockists in the UK, has invested €30m (£25.3m) in the 75,000 sq ft development.

The new centre will sit in the middle of its Bodelshausen site.

Building work began in June and the facility will have a holding capacity of approximately 500,000 items hung on clothes hangers and around 1.25 million flat-pack items.The fully-automated distribution centre is scheduled to go into operation in spring 2015.

The brand said the development will help to drive efficiency, adding that it had exceeded the capacity of its previous centre.

The warehouse development follows €70m (£59m) already invested by the brand between 2007 and 2012 in a new production and administration building at its headquarters, as well as upgrades in apparatus and machinery.

The brand, which saw year-on-year sales increase 6% to €223m (£188m) in 2012, is expecting a 9% increase in turnover to €243m (£205m) this year.

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