Sears loss widens as sales decline
November 16, 2012,
Hoffman Estates, Ill. - Sears Holdings' net loss during the third quarter swung to $498 million, or $4.70 per share, from $410 million, or $3.85 per share in the year-ago quarter as sales fell 5.8% to $8.86 billion.
As has been the case recently, company executives emphasized the value of SH's asset portfolio, but sounding a new note, seemed to indicate a desire to improve the performance of the core business.
However, he added: "Our preference, our focus is to accomplish this operationally."
He went on to say the company would optimize assets in other way - presumably by selling - if it was necessary to create long-term value for shareholders.
Sears U.S. comps declined 1.6% in the third quarter, Kmart's comparable store sales declined 4.8%, and Sears Canada's comparable store sales declined 5.7%;