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C&A is also an abbreviation for the Camden and Amboy Railroad and Chicago and Alton Railroad.
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C&A is an international chain of clothing stores, with its head office in Brussels and Düsseldorf. It has branches in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia ,Turkey and opening soon in Egypt . Its brands include Clockhouse, Westbury and Your Sixth Sense. The company was founded by brothers Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer in 1841 as a Dutch textile company, taking its name from their initials.

For many years C&A stores were a major presence on high streets in the United Kingdom. However, the company's strategy of selling budget clothes from high-rent city centre stores made it vulnerable to a new breed of competitors operating in cheaper, out-of-town locations, including Matalan and the rapidly expanding clothing operations of supermarket chains such as Tesco and Asda, and to expanding high street names such as H&M, Zara and Topshop.

C&A in the United Kingdom was an unusual example of an unlimited company,[1] which meant that it was not required to publish its financial statements.

In 2000, C&A announced its intention to withdraw from the British market and the last UK stores closed in 2001.[2] The company faces similar problems in mainland Europe, and has recently tried to reinvent itself by improving the quality, and hence the cost, of its clothing in an attempt to rid itself of its low-budget image. The Primark chain has become a major success in the UK using a retail formula similar to that of C&A.

In June 2009 the company withdrew from the Argentinean market.

The Brenninkmeijer family still owns the company and its success has led them to become the richest family in the Netherlands.

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