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1. Sears' Biggest Shareholder Offers to Buy Kenmore Brand -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer.

The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of the powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression.

2. Sears: Q4 Sales Drop But It Expects a Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. says sales dropped during the critical fourth quarter, but the ailing retailer expects to earn a profit, helped by a windfall from U.S. tax reform.

3. Despite Merry Holidays, Retailers Face Challenges in 2018 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers are riding high after ebullient U.S. consumers shopped at the healthiest pace in more than a decade over the holiday season. But merchants can't afford to rest easy.

4. Sears Raises $100M in New Financing, Eyes $200M in Cost Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears has secured more financing, and is eying more cost cutting, as the beleaguered retailer reported a big sales drop during the critical holiday season.

The company, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, said Wednesday that it secured $100 million in new financing, will seek twice that from other sources, and will attempt $200 million in additional cost cuts this year unrelated to store closings. It also warned that if the company's efforts to complete these transactions are not fully successful, then the board will consider all other options to maximize the value of its assets.

5. Sears to Close Another 63 Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. says it will be closing another 63 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

6. Sears to Close More Stores, Sales Continue to Fall in 2Q -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears continued to struggle in its second quarter with declining sales amid heightened competition from the likes of Walmart to Amazon. It now says it will close even more stores.

7. Alexa, Turn Up My Kenmore AC; Sears Cuts a Deal with Amazon -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on Amazon.com, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

8. Atlanta Retail Investor Makes $29M Purchase -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, an 18-acre shopping center in the heart of Bartlett sells for $28.8 million, Ulta Beauty prepares to build out its space in Poplar Commons, and Dave & Buster’s continues work on its first Memphis location...

9. Ulta Beauty Files Permit For East Memphis Store -

Ulta Beauty is preparing to build out its space in Poplar Commons, the East Memphis shopping center rising across from Oak Court Mall.

The cosmetics retailer is seeking a $450,000 permit application to work on the interior of its future location at 4572 Poplar Ave., inside the shopping center that will be anchored by Nordstrom Rack. No contractor is listed on the application.

10. Struggling Department Store Chain Sears Closing More Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Struggling department store chain Sears says it's closing even more stores as it tries to turn around its business.

Sears Holdings Corp. CEO Eddie Lampert said in a blog post Friday that the company would close another eight Sears and 35 Kmart stores that are unprofitable by early October. No Memphis-area Sears stores were included on the list; the closest Kmart that will be closed is in Jackson, Tennessee.

11. Sears Closes Another 20 Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

Real estate investment trust Seritage, which owns the 20 real estate properties, confirmed the closings— 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores — in a government filing Friday.

12. Sears Revenue Continues Decline Amid Tough Landscape -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed to make additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business.

The company's operating loss widened to $222 million, or $2.15 per share, on weak sales. Sears Holdings has been closing stores and selling brands long affiliated with Sears, including Craftsman. A year ago the company reported a loss of $181 million.

13. Sears, Once a Stalwart, Has ‘Substantial Doubt’ About Future -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open.

14. Sears May Sell Land, Cut Jobs to Save $1B -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears may sell more locations, cut more jobs and put more of its famous brands on the block as part of its latest plan to revive the faltering retail chain.

The company, which also owns Kmart, said Friday that it is cutting costs by at least $1 billion a year. It also said that it was adding $140 million in liquidity by reworking its debt, giving the company more breathing room.

15. Retail Group: Sales to Grow 3.7 Percent to 4.2 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite a bumpy holiday season, chains like The Limited shutting down and department stores such as Macy's closing stores, the largest retail trade group says it's still optimistic that sales will grow this year – especially online.

16. Holiday Spending Rises But Department Stores Lag -

Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

Overall consumer spending grew 4.7 percent over last holiday season, while online retail purchasing grew 12 percent over the same period last year, according to First Data, which analyzed online and in-store payments for nearly a million merchants between Oct. 29 and Jan. 2.

17. Online Shoppers Help Holiday Spending; Department Stores Lag -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Holiday spending got a boost in 2016, according to one analysis, as more people opted to shop by phone or computer – though department stores and clothing retailers still lagged.

18. Sears to Sell Craftsman Tool Brand to Stanley Black & Decker -

NEW YORK (AP) – After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

19. Somber Department Store Holiday Season Casts Pall Over 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) – A cheerless holiday season has rolled over into the new year at the nation's largest department stores, which are cutting jobs, profit expectations and closing scores of locations.

20. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

21. Last Word: $60 Million, Frozen Graceland and Wreck It Ralph's Return -

The federal government’s problem with a law the Tennessee Legislature passed earlier this year is serious -- $60-million serious.

And Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, in Hickory Hill Thursday, said he’s working on a compromise that would have the Legislature undo what it did this year when the new legislative session begins in January.

22. Sears Moves to Quarterly Loss, Sales Keep Faltering -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Sears posted a second-quarter loss, with perpetually weak sales overshadowing the retailer's efforts to cut costs and slow its cash burn. CEO Edward Lampert's hedge fund will forward the ailing chain $300 million in additional debt financing.

23. Nordstrom Rack-Anchored Center Gets $15.5M Construction -

4572 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $10.5 million

Project Cost: $15.5 million

Completion: Fall 2017

24. Southland Mall Sells In Foreclosure -

1215 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38116
Sale Amount: $4.3 million

Sale Date: March 31, 2016
Buyer: 1215 East Shelby Drive Holdings LLC
Seller: Southland Mall Shopping Center LLC
Details: Southland Mall, Memphis’ first enclosed mall when it opened 50 years ago, has sold for $4.3 million in foreclosure.

25. Southland Mall Sells For $4.3M in Foreclosure -

Southland Mall, Memphis’ first enclosed mall when it opened 50 years ago, has sold for $4.3 million in foreclosure.

The Whitehaven mainstay was bought in a March 31 substitute trustee’s sale by an entity called 1215 East Shelby Drive Holdings LLC. The sale did not include the mall’s two anchor spaces – the Sears store on the west end and the shuttered Macy’s on the east end.

26. Nordstrom Will Lure More Class A Retailers to Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly-built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

27. Best-in-Class Retailers to Join Nordstrom Rack in East Memphis -

Nordstrom Rack is just the tip of the Class A iceberg. At least three more best-in-class retailers are headed for the newly built East Memphis shopping center, and the fate of the Wolfchase Galleria Sears is to be decided.

28. US Retail Sales Rise as Consumers Shrug Off Stock Price Drop -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent last month, the same as in December. Excluding the effect of falling gas prices, sales rose 0.4 percent.

29. First Building Permit Pulled For Crosstown Concourse Build-Out -

495 N. Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Permit Amount: $15.6 million

Application Date: January 2016

30. Outside the Box -

Southwest Tennessee Community College is opening its new Whitehaven Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The building, which accommodates nearly 2,000 students at 1234 Finley Road off Elvis Presley Boulevard, is seeing new life following its run as a Kroger store that closed in 2011.

31. Mix It Up -

Memphis’ development eye is turning inward and upward as mixed-use projects are becoming more common than ever before.

Usually a mode of survival for densely packed cities, residential, office, retail and even manufacturing are cohabitating in single mixed-use buildings or lots as a way to recoup Memphis’ sprawl. Downtown and Midtown are being combed for infill and adaptive reuse possibilities as millennials are moving to the urban core in droves.

32. Ikea Buys Cordova Acreage For Planned Memphis Store -

41 Acres for
Future Ikea Store

Sale Amount: $5.7 million

Sale Date: July 10, 2015

Buyer: IKEA Property Inc.

33. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make their retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

34. REIT Buys Sears Properties in Sale-Leaseback Transaction -

In part of a major transaction to increase cash flow and make its retail spaces more productive, Sears Holdings Corp. sold four Memphis properties to its newly formed public real estate investment trust, Seritage Growth Properties, for a combined $17.6 million.

35. Shelby Farms Conservancy Seeks $7.2 Million in Permits -

6093 N Patriot Lake Blvd.
415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $7.2 million

36. DeSoto Sears Distribution Center Up For Lease -

Struggling retailer Sears says it remains committed to the Memphis market despite that its 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Olive Branch is being marketed for lease.

Exeter Property Group recently began marketing the once-powerful retailer’s massive distribution center at 10425 Ridgewood Drive in Olive Branch for lease, a signal to some local real estate officials that Sears – which is facing significant financial and market headwinds – could be closing the center.

37. These Retailers Could Use Some Holiday Cheer -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is always a make-or-break period for struggling retailers.

But this year, the fight to grab shoppers has intensified, making it difficult for stores to use the season that accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales to bounce back.

38. CWCapital Sheds Willow Lake Buildings -

3900, 4100 Willow Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Sale Amount: $1.9 million

39. Kmart Becomes Latest Victim of Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. announced that it detected a data breach at its Kmart stores that started last month, affecting certain customers' credit and debit card accounts.

40. Retail Trade Group Reduces Annual Sales Forecast -

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.

41. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

42. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

43. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

44. Chief Marketing Officer Leaves First Tennessee Bank -

Dan Marks has left his job as chief marketing officer for First Tennessee Bank.

45. Chief Marketing Officer Leaves First Tennessee Bank -

Dan Marks has left his job as chief marketing officer for First Tennessee Bank.

46. Sears, JC Penney Sever Ties With Paula Deen -

NEW YORK (AP) – The exodus continues.

Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreen said Friday that they're cutting ties with Paula Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

47. Target Cuts Ties With Deen; Drugmaker Distances -

NEW YORK (AP) – Paula Deen's multimillion-dollar merchandise and media empire continues to unravel following revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

48. Storm's Cost May Hit $50 Billion; Rebuilding to Ease Blow -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Superstorm Sandy will end up causing about $20 billion in property damages and $10 billion to $30 billion more in lost business, according to IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.

49. Holiday Sales Seen Rising 4.1 Percent in 2012 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop 'til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

50. Kmart Waives Layaway Fee, Joining Rivals -

NEW YORK (AP) – The layaway wars are heating up ahead of the winter holidays.

Kmart, a division of Sears Holdings Corp., said Friday that it's waiving the fees that shoppers pay to open its interest-free pay-over-time program at its discount stores and online through Nov. 17.

51. Major Retailers to Launch Mobile App for Payments -

NEW YORK (AP) – A bevy of big-name retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best-Buy Co. and Target Corp., are teaming up to create a company that will give customers another way to make purchases: with their cellphones.

52. Sears Spinning Off Some Stores Into Separate Co. -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears is moving forward with plans to spin off its Hometown and Outlet stores as well as some hardware stores into a separate publicly traded company.

Sears had signaled that it would split the companies back in February. There are a total of 1,238 Hometown, Outlet and hardware stores as of April 28, according to Sears, which is trying to turn around its business and spruce up its image. It has already closed five Hometown stores, eight hardware stores and one Outlet store.

53. Sears Execs Say Retailer Financially Strong -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Sears executives tried Wednesday to ease concerns about the troubled retailer's long-term outlook amid ever-sinking sales, emphasizing the company's financial strength, increased liquidity and prospects to boost operational results.

54. Best Buy to Cut Costs and Close Stores -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Best Buy Co. said it plans to close 50 U.S. big box stores and open 100 small mobile locations in the U.S. in fiscal 2013 and cut $800 million in costs by fiscal 2015. The news came Thursday as the biggest U.S. specialty electronics retailer posted a fiscal fourth quarter loss partly due to restructuring charges.

55. Sears Shedding Some Stores, Reports Q4 Loss -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears said Thursday that it's unloading some of its profit-busting stores, but the retailer fell short of revealing how it plans to woo shoppers back into its remaining ones.

56. Balmy Winter Brings Plenty of Economic Surprises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren't turning up the thermostat. Airlines don't have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards. And shoppers are finding great deals on coats and boots.

57. Moody's Cuts Some Sears Holdings Ratings -

NEW YORK (AP) – Moody's Investors Service is cutting some of Sears Holdings Corp.'s rating as it anticipates the owner of the Sears and Kmart stores will likely post a significant fiscal 2011 operating loss.

58. Sears Adds Ex-Brookstone CEO to Head Merchandising -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s CEO says he's looking to former Brookstone head Ron Boire as its new chief merchandising officer to help meld the store experience with online and mobile shopping.

59. No Memphis Sears, Kmart Stores on First List of Closures -

No Memphis stores are in the first round of closings Sears Holdings Corp. has announced.

Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears Holdings announced Tuesday, Dec. 27, it planned to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores. The company released a list of 79 Thursday, Dec. 29, stating the remainder would be announced later.

60. Some Sears' Ratings Put on CreditWatch Negative -

NEW YORK (AP) – Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is putting some of Sears Holdings Corp.'s ratings on negative CreditWatch after the company announced weaker-than-expected holiday sales and said it would close 100 to 120 of its Sears and Kmart stores.

61. Sears to Close 100 to 120 Kmart, Sears Stores -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores to raise cash after a weak holiday shopping season for the retailer.

62. Sears Q3 Loss Widens on Softness in Canada -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. turned in a wider-than-expected loss in its third-quarter, dragged down by weakness in Canada, declining consumer electronics sales and softer clothing sales at its Kmart stores.

63. Target Announces Midnight Opening for Black Friday -

NEW YORK (AP) — As the run-up to holiday shopping intensifies, Target Corp. said Friday that its stores will open at midnight on Thanksgiving Day for the first time.

64. Lender Buys Willow Lake for $26M -

Willow Lake Business Park and Corporate Park in Hickory Hill sold back to the lender for $26 million Friday, Oct. 14, on the Shelby County Courthouse steps following a foreclosure.

A single-purpose entity named 198-6 Memphis Industrial Portfolio Holdings LLC, which is related to U.S. Bank NA, bought the property from substitute trustee R. Spencer Clift III of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

65. Sears to Use iPads in Stores to Help Customers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. is putting Apple iPads and iPod Touch devices in the hands of sales associates at almost 450 Sears and Kmart stores that will let the workers search inventory and help customers order products online and watch product.

66. Midtown Vacancy -

Memphis hospitality professional Tony Westmoreland hopes someone can breathe new life into a beleaguered, empty Midtown building that operated as a hotel for more than four decades.

67. Sears Holdings Names New CFO -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. said Tuesday that Robert Schriesheim will join the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Schriesheim, 51, was to start on Tuesday as executive vice president and will officially become the company's CFO effective Monday.

68. Sears Names New CEO of Lands' End Business -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. said Monday that it has hired Edgar O. Huber as CEO and President of its Lands' End business.

Huber comes to Sears Holdings from Liz Claiborne Inc., where he was the executive vice president of global business development. He also worked as president and CEO of the Juicy Couture brand before that.

69. Kmart Lays Off 700 Appliance Workers -

The parent of Kmart stores is laying off 700 employees working in Kmart’s appliance departments as it changes how the stores sell refrigerators, ovens and other appliances.

Kmart spokesman Chris Brathwaite says the move will allow customers to check out appliances at any register rather than going to a dedicated register for appliances. But there also won’t be any specialized appliance-only staff people on hand near appliances. Instead, all Kmart staffers are being trained to answer questions about appliances.

70. Sears Interim CEO 2010 Pay More Than Triples -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s interim CEO W. Bruce Johnson, who gave up the top role in February, received compensation worth $5.3 million in 2010, more than triple the prior year, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.

71. Sears Expects 4Q, Full-Year Earnings to Top Street -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. expects its fourth-quarter and full-year adjusted earnings to top Wall Street's expectations as better sales at its Kmart chain cushioned the blow from declines at Sears stores.

72. Early Deals Draw Shoppers, Raise Retail Spirits -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers spent a bit more in early November, raising retailers’ spirits about the holiday season right before it kicks into high gear.

Early discounting on everything from TVs and sweaters as well as free shipping deals helped pull in shoppers in the first two weeks of November. Consumers coming out of their shells could be a gift for an economy that has suffered from depressed spending for almost three years.

73. Sears Q3 Loss Widens on Poor Appliance, Clothing Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter loss nearly doubled, dragged down by weak revenue at its long-suffering Sears chain, hurt by poor sales of appliances and clothing.

74. Kmart Offers In-Store Pickup for Online Purchases -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) – Retailer Kmart is letting customers who buy items online pick up their purchases on the same day at more than 600 locations.

The retailer, owned by Sears Holdings Corp., said Thursday that customers can now buy items through the Kmart2go mobile web site or smart phone applications and select in-store pickup. The apps also can be used in-store for product information.

75. Americans Likely Took Retail Breather in October -

NEW YORK (AP) – After a last-minute back-to-school buying spree, Americans appeared to have taken a shopping pause in October, resulting in a mixed retail sales picture.

That lull could continue until the day after Thanksgiving, the unofficial start of the Christmas season, as shoppers wait for big bargains, many analysts say.

76. Citi Selling $1.6B Consumer Finance Assets to GE -

NEW YORK (AP) – Citigroup is selling $1.6 billion in retail sales finance assets to GE Capital as the bank continues to restructure its business to focus on core consumer banking operations.

77. Stores Push Summertime 'Christmas' Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa in the summer?

Retailers are pumping still more energy this year into trying to get shoppers to loosen their purse strings early for Christmas with sparkly ornaments, holiday music and special prices. In July.

78. Retail Sales Sink, Jobless Claims Rise -

Retail sales unexpectedly fell in December, leaving 2009 with the biggest yearly drop on record and highlighting the formidable hurdles facing the economy as it struggles to recover from the deepest recession in seven decades.

79. December Retail Sales Show Signs of Life -

NEW YORK (AP) - Last-minute holiday shoppers brought relief to the nation's retailers, handing them modest sales gains for the season and prompting several chains to raise their fourth-quarter profit outlooks.

80. Holiday Shopping Off to Mildly Encouraging Start -

NEW YORK (AP) - After shoppers gave retailers a somewhat encouraging start to the holiday shopping season, stores now turn their attention to the online promotions known as Cyber Monday and bringing back customers the rest of the season.

81. Consumer Strain: Pens and Notebooks Put on Layaway -

NEW YORK (AP) - To gauge consumers' strain, look no further than the rows and rows of plastic bags awaiting layaway payments at Kmart. They are filled with back-to-school basics – not just T-shirts and jeans but notebooks, magic markers and pencils.

82. Sears Holdings to Start Buyer Protection Program -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) - Sears said Tuesday that it plans to offer a buyer protection program for its home appliances to help consumers who lose their jobs during the recession.

The free program, which starts Monday and runs through Aug. 1, covers appliance purchases of more than $399 made on a Sears card by cardholders who lose their job. Cardholders must have held a full-time job for at least 60 days when the appliance was purchased.

83. Lawyers Giving Closing Arguments in Kmart Case -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The former head of Kmart Corp. used "lies, deceptions and half-truths" to keep investors in the dark about a cash crisis in the months leading to a 2002 bankruptcy, a government lawyer told jurors Friday at the end of a civil fraud trial.

84. Ex-Kmart CEO Back on Witness Stand in Civil Trial -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A lawyer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission tried to raise doubts Thursday about the credibility of a former Kmart Corp. chief executive as the government's civil fraud trial moved toward a conclusion.

85. Ex-Kmart CEO Testifies in Federal Civil Trial -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The former head of Kmart Corp., defending himself against the government's claims he covered up the retailer's woeful finances, testified Wednesday that he kept directors fully informed in the months leading to a bankruptcy filing in 2002.

86. Sears Q4 Profit Falls 55 Percent on Charges -

CHICAGO (AP) - Struggling retailer Sears Holdings Corp. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit dropped by more than half as charges for store closings, valuation declines and severance dragged down results.

87. Retail Sales Plummet 2.7 Percent in December -

Retail sales plunged far more than expected in December, ending a dismal holiday season with a record sixth straight monthly decline, and there’s no relief in sight as consumer demand remains weak.

88. US Retailers Report Dismal December Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) – Retailers reported dismal sales figures for December on Thursday as even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the bright spots in the industry, finally buckled under the pressures of the deteriorating U.S. economy.

89. Final Holiday Shopping Weekend Keeps Retailers Edgy -

CHICAGO (AP) – The deals were there and, by most accounts, so were the shoppers. But at the close of the final holiday shopping weekend, consumers confessed they were still nervous about buying.

90. Fitch Ratings Expects More Credit Card Defaults -

Credit card delinquencies will likely further stress card issuers and retailers as more consumers find themselves unable to pay the debt in the coming months, according to a report issued Friday by Fitch Ratings.

91. Stores May See Disappointing Black Friday Sales -

NEW YORK (AP) - After pushing steep discounts throughout November that are usually reserved for the day after Thanksgiving, retailers from Kohl's to Toys "R'' Us are offering even bigger cuts and promotions for Black Friday in a frantic bid to pull in shoppers.

92. Retail Groups to Lobby Against Pro-Labor Bill -

NEW YORK (AP) - With Barack Obama's election as president and Democrats controlling Congress, retailers and industry trade groups are bracing for a fight on Capitol Hill next year against legislation that would make it easier to unionize workers.

93. Retail Groups to Lobby Against Pro-Labor Bill -

NEW YORK (AP) – With Barack Obama's election as president and Democrats controlling Congress, retailers and industry trade groups are bracing for a fight on Capitol Hill next year against legislation that would make it easier to unionize workers.

94. Two Elected To AutoZone Board -

Robert R. Grusky and William C. Crowley have been elected to the AutoZone Inc. board of directors. Both men were elected to the board in accordance with an agreement by ESL Investments Inc., AutoZone’s largest shareholders.

95. AutoZone OKs Share Buyback Increase up to $500M -

AutoZone Inc. said Thursday its board has approved the repurchase of an additional $500 million in stock, bringing its current unused share repurchase authorization to $608 million.

The auto parts retailer also said it will increase its debt leverage to “better optimize its current capital structure.”

96. Verso Paper Cuts Number, Price of Shares in IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) - Coated paper company Verso Paper Corp. on Wednesday pruned the number and expected price of shares to be offered in its pending initial public offering.

The Memphis-based company now plans to offer 14 million shares at $12 per share. Previously, the IPO was expected to total nearly 18.8 million shares and price between $16 and $18 apiece.

97. Verso Paper Takes Advantage Of Rising Prices With IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) – Memphis-based coated paper company Verso Paper Corp. is hoping the good old-fashioned principle of supply and demand will drive interest in its initial public offering this week.

98. Sears Plans Reorganization -      Sears Holdings Corp. plans to reorganize into several companies in another bid to pull the ailing 121-year-old retailer out of the doldrums, according to a report published Saturday.

99. Former Kmarts, Cordova Shopping Center Have New Options With New Plan -

When New Plan Excel Realty Trust Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. set up a joint development venture in 2005, the venture's first deal involved transforming three former Kmart stores in Memphis.

Sears had closed the stores in 2005, citing their under-performance. Since then, Sears' partner in its development venture - a New York real estate investment trust (REIT) with assets of about $3.5 billion - has more than lived up to its name.

100. Archived Article: Daily Digest - Burlington Northern

Burlington Northern

Buys Lamar Property

The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. has purchased two acres at 4770 Lamar Ave. for $1.3 million, according to The Daily News Public Records Database, www.memphisdailyn...