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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ German clothing maker Hugo Boss has replaced the head of its operations in the United States, where sales have fallen and the company recently reported ``inventory discrepancies'' that led the company to cut its earnings forecast.

Tony Lucia, previously vice president for sales, will take over from Marty Staff, who resigned, the company said Monday. The statement didn't give further details.

Last week, the company said net earnings would fall to 95 million euros ($89 million) this year from 107 million euros last year, primarily due to ``inventory discrepancies during stocktaking in the United States along with a continuing weak U.S. economy.''

U.S. sales fell 19 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period a year earlier, the company said in May.