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Luxury swimwear maker Eres has announced it will shutter all its freestanding stores in the United States beginning at the end of this summer. The company will shift its retail operations to shop-in-shops instead. "We currently have opportunities for several possible franchises and in-store shops in Los Angeles, Palm Beach, and Washington, D.C.," said president Olivier Mauny. "The commercial model best suited to our activity is the network of 60 retailers in the U.S. which includes Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York." [WWD]