Excluding one-time items, which included gains on a legal settlement and a cutback in retirement benefits, the company earned $1.10 a share compared with $1.11 a share during the first-quarter in 2006.
Revenue fell to $11.7 billion from $12 billion a year earlier.
On average, analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial estimated earnings of $1.22 a share on revenue of $11.6 billion. Analyst estimates typically exclude one-time items.
Earlier in the month, Sears , which operates Sears and Kmart stores, said it would earn between $1.30 and $1.53 a share and net income of between $200 million and $235 million.
Same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year, fell 3.9%. Sears domestic same-store sales fell 3.4%, while Kmart's same-store sales fell 4.4%.
Sears said same-store sales were hurt by poor weather, rising energy costs, and a slower housing market.