Anita Britt, executive vice president of finance for Jones, said the company had no comment on acquisition rumors.
A VF spokeswoman couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, but said last week: "We are actively looking. The company is concentrating on [acquisitions with] high returns in our profitable areas, which are jeanswear, intimate apparel and our outdoor businesses." She added, "We remain interested in a lifestyle sportswear brand that could cover multiple areas."
As for timing, she said, "We are hopeful to have something that we can do this year, but it will have to be the right opportunity, the right price and the right time."