Sears disputes store closings report

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Sears Holdings Corp. on Thursday disputed an investment research website’s report that the struggling retailer plans to close at least 100 stores and shed nearly 5,500 jobs in the next few months.

Sears said the store count and list of closures compiled by Seeking Alpha are inaccurate but didn’t offer corrected information. The investment research website Thursday morning reported the Hoffman Estates-based retailer has announced liquidation sales for 46 Kmart, 30 Sears and 31 Sears Auto Center locations.

Several store closings, including a Sears store and auto center in Forsyth, near downstate Decatur, was reported here in September. At that time, a Sears spokesman said there were no closings planned in the Chicago area but declined to discuss the overall number of closings or jobs affected.

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