Sears Canada Suffers Loss As Sales Fall 15.6%

Sears Canada Inc., a department store operator announced a quarterly loss affected by a 15.6% percent fall in sales, compared with a profit enjoyed earlier this year.

The company stated same-store sales tumbled 5.5 percent as demand for big-ticket items such as major appliances declined as a result of termination of a credit card agreement and lowered sales of new products released in the spring.

In October, Bank of Nova Scotia mentioned that it would buy JPMorgan & Chase Co’s Canadian credit card portfolio related to Sears Canada.

Affected by increasing competition from US retail hulks, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sears Canada has been closing its stores and cutting jobs.

For the first half of this year, the company claimed that it cut $128-million in costs and added that it intended to cut more costs at the higher end of its formerly stated $127-million to $155-million forecast.

It posted a net loss of $91.6-million, or 90 cents per share for the second quarter that ended July 30th, compared to a profit of $13.5-million or 13 cents per share, previously this year.

The gain accrued earlier this year was $67.2-million due to sale-and-leaseback transactions.

Revenue plummeted from $768.8-million to $648.5-million.


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