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  • At least 46 Kmart stores, 30 Sears department stores and 31 Sears Auto Centers are scheduled to close before the end of January, said the report. The company, which is struggling to reduce costs as its sales dwindle, closed 75 Kmart stores and 21 Sears stores in the first half of 2014.. Sears had 1,077 Kmart stores and 793 Sears stores in the United States as of Aug. 2.

  • *Carrefour 5 pct dearer than Lidl vs 20 pct premium in UK- LEK. PARIS/ BERLIN, Oct 20- The success of French retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain's "big four" grocers. In Britain, Tesco, Wal-Mart's Asda, Sainsbury and Morrison are all losing shoppers to discounters Aldi and Lidl, which have...

  • Oct 13- J.C. Penney Co Inc named Home Depot Inc executive Marvin Ellison as its new chief on Monday, ending an 18- month search but barely allaying investor concerns over problems facing the money-losing department store chain. Ellison, 49, an industry veteran credited with reviving Home Depot's U.S. business, will join J.C. Penney as a board member in November, and...

  • Texas discount chain Alco Stores files for bankruptcy Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    Oct 13- Texas- based discounter Alco Stores Inc filed for bankruptcy, joining the list of smaller U.S. retailers seeking protection from creditors. Alco said it had an initial, or "stalking horse," bid from a joint venture including Tiger Capital Group LLC, SB Capital Group LLC and Great American Group WF LLC. As of July, the company listed assets of $221.8 million and...

  • Sears Holdings detects data breach at Kmart unit Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    Oct 10- Retailer Sears Holdings Corp said the payment data system at its Kmart Holding Corp unit had been breached, and that certain debit and credit card numbers could have been compromised. Discount chain Kmart is investigating the breach. The investigation, which indicates the breach began in September, revealed that no personal information, debit card PIN...

  • J.C. Penney cuts Q3 same-store sales forecast Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    Oct 8- Struggling retailer J.C. Penney Co Inc cut its current-quarter same-store sales forecast, citing lower sales in September, sending its shares down sharply. The department store chain said it expected low-single digit percentage growth in same-store sales in the third quarter. J.C. Penney's shares were down 10.6 percent at $8.22 in early afternoon...

  • Macy's to hire 86,000 workers for holiday season Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    Sept 29- Department store operator Macy's Inc said it planned to hire about 86,000 workers for the holiday shopping season, up from about 83,000 last year.

  • BERLIN, Sept 25- A gigantic German department store, rebuilt in the heart of Berlin on the rubble of a shopping centre seized by the Nazis, was opened on Thursday with a ceremony paying tribute to its original Jewish owners.

  • Sept 17- Department store operator Kohl's Corp said it is hiring more than 67,000 workers for the holiday selling season, about 34 percent more than what it recruited last season. The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin- based retailer had hired about 50,000 seasonal employees for the 2013 holiday season.

  • Sept 12- Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co reported an 87 percent jump in sales and a much smaller loss, helped by its purchase of U.S. luxury chain Saks Inc last year. Hudson's Bay acquired Saks for $2.4 billion last year to revive big-name department stores.

  • Sept 11- Canadian dollar-store operator Dollarama Inc reported a 15 percent rise in quarterly profit as its number of stores increased and customers spent more per visit. Discount chains such as Dollarama are a popular choice for customers looking to save costs in a struggling economy.

  • UPDATE 3-Family Dollar spurns Dollar General again Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    Sept 5- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected Dollar General Corp's sweetened takeover bid, saying the offer still did not address antitrust concerns, raising the prospect that the No. 1 U.S. deep discount chain will go "hostile" with its offer.

  • Dollar General raises bid for Family Dollar Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    Sept 2- Dollar General Corp, the No.1 U.S. deep discount retailer, said it raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc to $80 per share, or $9.1 billion, from $78.50 per share. Dollar General said last week it remained committed to acquiring Family Dollar, after the target rejected the previous offer, saying the deal could run foul of competition law.

  • Aug 28- Dollar General Corp said it remained committed to acquiring rival Family Dollar Stores Inc, pointing to a prolonged battle for dominance of the deep discount retail sector in the United States.

  • Aug 28- Dollar General Corp, the No.1 U.S. deep discount retailer, said it remained committed to acquiring rival Family Dollar Stores Inc and that its offer was both superior and achievable than an offer from Dollar Tree Inc.

  • Dollar General says committed to Family Dollar deal Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    Aug 28- Dollar General Corp, the No.1 U.S. deep discount retailer, said it remained committed to acquiring rival Family Dollar Stores Inc and reported a 7.5 percent rise in quarterly sales.

  • Sears posts loss for ninth straight quarter Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    Aug 21- Sears Holdings Corp, owner of Sears department stores and Kmart discount chain, reported its ninth straight quarterly loss as sales continued their decade-long fall. Loss attributable to shareholders widened to $573 million, or $5.39 per share, in the second quarter ended Aug. 2 from $194 million, or $1.83 per share, a year earlier.

  • UPDATE 1-Sears Canada reports loss, revenue slides 12 pct Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Aug 20- Struggling department store chain Sears Canada Inc reported its ninth loss in 14 quarters as sales continued to decline. Hedge fund billionaire Eddie Lampert and his Sears Holdings Corp said in May they were looking to sell their 51 percent stake in Sears Canada.

  • Sears Canada reports loss, revenue slides 12 pct Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    Aug 20- Struggling department store chain Sears Canada Inc reported a quarterly loss as sales declined. The company reported a net loss of C $21.3 million, or 21 Canadian cents per share, for the second quarter ended Aug. 2 compared with a profit of C $152.8 million, or C $1.50 per share, a year earlier.

  • Aug 18- Dollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.95 billion, trumping an offer by Dollar Tree Inc, to strengthen its position as the No. 1 U.S. discount retailer. Both Dollar General and Dollar Tree have some capacity to go a little bit higher with the offer price, " Telsey Advisory Group analyst Joseph Feldman said.