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Sears loss widens


Hoffman Estates,Ill. -- Sears Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter loss widened amid declining sales and higher tax expenses.

For the quarter ended Oct. 27, Sears reported a loss of $498 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $421 million.

Revenue slipped 5.8%, to $8.86 billion, primarily due to the effect of having fewer Kmart and Sears stores in operation and lower domestic comparable store sales for the quarter.

Domestic same-store sales declined 3.1%. Same-store sales slipped 1.6% at Sears chain and fell 4.8% at Kmart.

The latest period included an $11 million income tax expense, while the year-ago period included a $91 million tax benefit.

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