November 17, 2006 |
Sears Holdings Corp. said Thursday that it more than tripled its third-quarter profit on a big investment gain and the benefits of cost-cutting, but sales at its Kmart and Sears stores spiraled ever lower and the results disappointed Wall Street. The latest evidence of spending cutbacks and fewer customers comes amid widespread speculation that Chairman Edward Lampert, the hedge fund operator who acquired Kmart Corp. in 2003 and Sears, Roebuck & Co.
June 20, 2006 |
Two former executives of a defunct Santa Monica ad-placement company were convicted of stealing $31 million that Sears, Roebuck & Co. paid for radio and television advertising. Thomas Edward Rubin, 58, and Thomas Patrick Sullivan, 64, were convicted in federal court in Los Angeles of mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud and bankruptcy fraud, Assistant U.S. Atty. Ranee Katzenstein said. The maximum penalty for one count of mail or wire fraud is 20 years in prison, she said.
March 16, 2006 |
Sears Holdings Corp. overcame a steep sales drop-off at its namesake department stores to more than double its fiscal fourth-quarter profit, saying Wednesday that it benefited from continued cost cutting and the addition of Sears' results to Kmart's. Net income for the quarter ended Jan. 28 was $648 million, or $4.03 a share, up from $309 million, or $3.09, a year earlier. That easily exceeded the consensus estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial, who had pegged earnings at $3.
October 20, 2005 |
RETAIL Edward Lampert, the billionaire chairman of Sears Holdings Corp., isn't going to be chief marketer and merchandiser of the nation's No. 3 retailer after all. Sears Holdings Corp. named new executives in charge of marketing and customer strategy for its Sears Roebuck and Kmart stores and Lands' End clothing business and said its chief merchant, Luis Padilla, is leaving the company for reasons that weren't disclosed.
March 16, 2005 |
Sears, Roebuck & Co. may be working on one last big sale before its merger with Kmart: a sale of Lands' End. According to a report by Women's Wear Daily, a retail trade publication, Sears has put the casual clothing manufacturer up for sale for $1.2 billion. That's $700 million less than it paid three years ago for the Dodgeville, Wis.-based unit, which sells apparel through catalogs, about 30 retail and outlet locations and Sears department stores.
March 11, 2005 |
Kmart Holding Corp., the retailer that is buying Sears, Roebuck & Co., will convert about 400 stores, more than a quarter of its total, to the Sears name to try to revive sluggish sales. Kmart will remake stores in more affluent areas to take advantage of the Sears brand, which draws higher-income shoppers.