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1. Sears sales decline improved in latest quarter; shares soar -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp., the struggling department store operator, said it key sales figure improved and its stock soared in after-hours trading Thursday.

2. Big investments in stores, tech pay off at Target -

NEW YORK (AP) — Target reported strong sales growth both at stores and online, helped by remodeled locations and new delivery services as well as a stronger economy. Like Nordstrom, Walmart and Home Depot, it also raised its outlook as retailers benefit from shoppers spending more freely.

3. Sears to close another 72 stores as sales plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears will close another 72 stores as sales shrink and losses grow, an announcement that has become a familiar refrain as the company retrenches.

The beleaguered retailer, which operates Kmart and Sears stores, said it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning a profit, and the majority of those locations will be shuttered soon.

4. Sears to close another 72 stores as sales plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears will close another 72 stores as sales plunge and losses grow. The beleaguered retailer said that it has identified about 100 stores that are no longer turning a profit, and the majority of those locations will be shuttered soon.

5. Buy tires on Amazon, install them at Sears -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers will be able to buy any brand of tires on Amazon.com, have them shipped to a Sears Auto Center and then bring in their car to get them installed.

6. US stocks wobble and bond yields set four-year highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks couldn't hang on to an early gain and finished mostly lower Monday as technology companies slipped. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note drew closer to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn't reached since January 2014.

7. Delta: Data of 'several hundred thousand' customers exposed -

Delta now says that payment-card information for about "several hundred thousand" airline customers may have been exposed by a malware breach last fall that also hit Sears and other companies.

The airline says that the malware attack may have exposed customers' names, addresses, credit card numbers, card security codes and expiration dates.

8. Top Middle Tennessee residential sales for February 2018 -

Top residential real estate sales,February 2018, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

9. Sears lays off 220 workers at headquarters -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. says it's laying off 220 workers primarily at its headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois as it struggles to turn around its ailing business.

10. Middle Tennessee's $1M-plus residential transactions for 2017 -

There were 690 commercial real estate transactions worth $1 million or more in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Sumner and Wilson counties in 2017, according to Chandler Reports.

Davidson County had the most with 333, followed by Williamson (152), Rutherford (104), Sumner (51) and Wilson (50).

11. 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.

None of the pressure on them has eased, and the fight for customers' attention will only intensify. Retailers trying to hold their own against an expanding Amazon will have to keep sprucing up their stores and investing in the quick delivery that shoppers want. Those kinds of moves may bite into their profits, but they'll save money from tax changes.

12. 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.

13. Sears teams up with Amazon to sell DieHard brand -

NEW YORK (AP) — Ailing Sears Holdings Corp. has started to sell DieHard-branded battery-related accessories like jump starters and battery chargers on Amazon.com.

14. US stocks up broadly in early trading; oil prices rising -

U.S. stocks were moving broadly higher in early trading Thursday as technology companies rebounded after a steep sell-off a day earlier. Banks and health care stocks also posted solid gains. Energy companies rose along with the price of crude oil. New data showing consumer spending grew in October also helped lift the market.

15. Kmarts closing in Nashville, Cookeville, Tullahoma -

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

The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company, struggling to keep up with its rivals, said it will shutter 45 Kmart stores and 18 Sears stores in late January.

16. US stock indexes post slight gains, extending winning streak -

U.S. stocks posted modest gains Monday, extending a record-setting run into a sixth straight week.

Financial and technology companies notched some of the biggest gains. Energy stocks also rose as crude oil prices closed higher. Health care companies declined the most. Bond prices fell.

17. Tech and health care stocks take indexes back to records -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes drifted back to record highs Wednesday as investors got ready for another round of corporate reports to begin. Technology, health care and household goods companies all rose.

18. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for August 2017 -

Top commercial real estate sales, August 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

19. Sears to close more stores, sales continue 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.

The Hoffman Estates, Illinois retailer, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, has been trying to cut costs by closing stores, including 180 this year and already had plans to cut another 150 stores. It now plans to shutter an additional 28 Kmart stores.

20. Sears to close more stores, sales continue 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.

21. JC Penney results extend a gloomy week for retailers -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sales at established J.C. Penney stores faded again during its most recent quarter, capping a gloomy week for U.S. retailers.

Penney's stock sunk below $4 Friday morning, an all-time low for the 115-year-old retailer.

22. 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.

23. Sears and Amazon; Alexa, turn up my Kenmore sales -

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.

The announcement Thursday sent shares of Sears soaring more than 18 percent at the opening bell. The tie-up with the internet behemoth could give shares of the storied retailer one of its biggest one-day percentage gains ever.

24. 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. Hundreds of store closings have already been announced this year.

25. 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.

26. Sears to cut 400 full-time jobs, mostly at corporate office -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings says it will cut about 400 full-time jobs as part of the troubled retailer's plan to turn its business around.

The company, which owns the Sears and Kmart chains, says the cuts include some at its corporate offices in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, support functions globally, certain field operations positions and jobs related to store closures. The eliminated jobs represent less than half a percent of the 140,000 full-time and part-time employees it had at the end of January.

27. 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 additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business.

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

28. Sears revenue continues decline amid tough landscape -

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

The company reported a loss of $222 million, or $2.15 per share on weak sales. The company has been closing stores and selling brands long affiliated with Sears, including Craftsman.

29. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for March 2017 -

Top commercial real estate sales, March 2017, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

30. Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids, has said that after years of losing money that there is "substantial doubt" it will be able to keep its doors open. But it also insisted that its actions to turn around its business should help reduce that risk.

31. Stocks hold steady as oil prices slide further; banks rise -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes are slightly higher Thursday morning as interest rates continue to move higher and banks climb with them. Energy companies continue to fall with the price of oil. Retailers Tailored Brands and Staples are falling after weak quarterly reports, but Sears is climbing as investors are pleased it cut its losses. Stocks have fallen for the last three days.

32. Macy's profit falls nearly 13 percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's, the nation's largest department store chain, says its earnings for the quarter that includes the holiday period dropped nearly 13 percent as results were dragged down by store closures and other costs.

33. 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.

34. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

35. 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.

Stanley, which makes and sells tools under the DeWalt and Black & Decker names, wants to grow the Craftsman brand by selling its products in more stores outside of Sears. Today, only 10 percent of Craftsman products are sold in other stores. Sears said it will continue to sell Craftsman, including at its Kmart and Sears Hometown stores. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company first took control of Craftsman in 1927 when it bought the trademark for $500.

36. Somber department store holiday season casts pall over 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) — After a disappointing holiday shopping season, the nation's largest department stores and some of the shoppers who still depend on them are set for an unhappy new year.

Macy's, Kohl's and other department stores are hurting as more people shop online, visit lower-priced stores or spend more of their money on smartphones and other gadgets. The future of department stores seems bleak as they close locations — and thus give shoppers less options at the mall and more reason to just stay home and shop online.

37. Sears to sell Craftsman tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is selling its well-known Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc., which plans to grow the tool brand by selling its products at more stores.

38. Somber department store holiday season casts pall over 2017 -

NEW YORK (AP) — A cheerless holiday season is rolling over into the new year for department stores, with bad news from Macy's and Kohl's dragging down the entire sector.

Both reported falling sales at established stores during the crucial holiday season late Wednesday and shares are under heavy pressure in early trading Thursday.

39. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Nov. 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, November 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

40. Sears posts wider loss, looks at options for Kenmore, others -

NEW YORK (AP) — Long-struggling retailer Sears says it plans to try to leverage its strongest brands like Kenmore and Craftsman to help sustain itself as it posted a larger first-quarter loss Thursday and said sales fell at its Kmart and namesake stores.

41. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for March 2016 -

Top commercial real estate sales, March 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

42. Neal & Harwell’s Flint selected as LCLD Fellow -

Chandra N.T. Flint, member at Neal & Harwell, PLC, has been selected as a member of the 2016 class of fellows, participating in a landmark program created by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.

43. 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.

44. After challenging holiday, Sears to speed up store closings -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Following a "challenging" holiday season, Sears will accelerate the closure of some of its stores.

Comparable-store sales in the fourth quarter dropped 6.9 percent at Sears, and 7.2 percent at Kmart, which the also company owns.

45. Sears sales fall sharply in 2Q as it spins off real estate -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. says a key sales figure fell sharply in the second quarter, particularly dragged down by weakness at its namesake stores. It's at least the 10th straight quarter that the metric has declined.

46. EBay bans sales of Confederate flag on its site -

NEW YORK (AP) — Calling it a "contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism," eBay said Tuesday that it will ban the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise.

"This decision is consistent with our long-standing policy that prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred, violence and racial intolerance," said eBay spokeswoman Johnna Hoff.

47. US stock indexes drift as traders gauge economic data -

Major U.S. stock indexes drifted between small gains and losses Thursday afternoon. Energy stocks were among the biggest decliners as crude oil prices resumed their slide. Investors were also weighing reports on unemployment benefit claims, consumer prices and orders for long-lasting manufactured goods.

48. Four retailers in need of 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.

49. Staples investigating possible data breach -

NEW YORK (AP) — Staples says that it is looking into a potential credit card data breach and that it has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

The office supplier retailer said that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their credit cards as long as it is reported in a timely manner.

50. US stocks have their best day of 2014 -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street had its best day of the year. The U.S. stock market surged Wednesday, erasing a steep loss from the day before.

Investors were encouraged by the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting, which showed that the central bank wants to keep interest rates extremely low for the time being.

51. Stocks end higher as investors await news from Fed -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates.

Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of morning, then turned broadly higher in the afternoon on gains in health care and utility stocks.

52. US stocks edge higher in afternoon trading -

Stocks held on to modest gains in afternoon trading Thursday, building on the prior day's rebound. Investors were encouraged by reports on Chinese manufacturing, U.S. home sales and some positive earnings from Best Buy, Dollar Tree and other retailers.

53. Lands' End to start trading as public company -

NEW YORK (AP) — Lands' End shares are falling in its first day as a separate public company after being spun off from Sears.

The company's stock dropped $2.17, or 6.8 percent, to $29.50 in Monday morning trading.

54. To raise or not to raise wages? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap's decision this week to raise the hourly wages of workers at its stores nationwide puts pressure on other major U.S. retailers to do the same.

Following Gap's announcement that it will set the minimum wage for workers at $9 an hour this year and $10 an hour in 2015, big store chains from Wal-Mart to Sears said Thursday that they will continue to evaluate their wages.

55. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for January 2013 -

Top January 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

56. Top Midstate residential real estate transactions for Dec. 2013 -

Top December 2013 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

57. Sears to spin off Lands' End business -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that it will spin off its Lands' End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer's shareholders.

The retailer had said in October that it was considering separating the Lands' End and Sears Auto Center businesses from the rest of the company. It did not mention Sears Auto Center in Friday's announcement.

58. Stocks struggle as investors weigh economic news -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market continued its sluggish start to the month on Wednesday.

Stocks fell as investors weighed conflicting economic reports and assessed the outlook for the Federal Reserve's economic stimulus program.

59. Walgreen moves health coverage to private exchange -

Walgreen Co. is joining a growing push from big businesses to shift more responsibility for finding insurance onto their employees as health care costs continue to climb.

The nation's largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will send workers to a private health insurance exchange where they will pick from as many as 25 plans instead of having the company give them two to four options.

60. Sears Holdings severs ties with Paula Deen -

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Deen just lost another partner.

Sears Holdings Corp. announced Friday that it is cutting ties with the Southern celebrity chef, adding to the list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that Deen used racial slurs in the past.

61. Lowe's offers to buy Orchard Supply for $205M -

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lowe's plans to expand its California presence with an acquisition of Sears spinoff Orchard Supply Hardware Stores for about $205 million in cash.

Orchard Supply filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Monday, so the offer from Lowe's will become the "stalking horse" bid for an auction of Orchard's assets. Such a bid sets the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers.

62. Lampert faces tough road as Sears CEO -

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Sears Holdings fell Tuesday, a day after the retailer announced that chairman and hedge fund billionaire Edward Lampert will take over the role of CEO.

The investor queasiness came even as the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based company offered an update on holiday sales that showed some improvements at its Sears stores. Overall, the company still faces a long, uphill battle to turn itself around.

63. Walmart, Disney, Sears used factory where 300 have died -

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Amid the ash, broken glass and melted sewing machines at what is left of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, there are piles of blue, red and off-white children's shorts bearing Wal-Mart's Faded Glory brand. Shorts from hip-hop star Sean Combs' ENYCE label lay on the floor and are stacked in cartons.

64. More American workers to pick their insurance -

For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.

In a major shift in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, companies such as Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. are giving employees a fixed amount of money and allowing them to choose their own coverage based on their individual needs.

65. Target has earlier start for holiday kickoff -

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

66. Storm's cost may hit $50B; 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.

67. 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.

68. Stocks up slightly on strong retail results -

Stocks resembled summer vacationers on Friday, rising not-too-impressively in the morning and then mostly laying around for the rest of the day.

Positive news from retailers was the main reason U.S. indexes posted small gains. Apple helped too by hitting a new high.

69. 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.

70. Sears spinning off some stores into separate company -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. has filed paperwork to spin off its smaller Hometown and Outlet stores as well as some hardware stores into a separate publicly traded company.

71. Stocks fall as economic malaise spreads to Japan -

U.S. stocks fell Monday as evidence piled up that the global economic slowdown is dragging on Asia.

The losses broke the longest winning streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index since December 2010. The index had risen for six straight days.

72. Sears Holdings returns to a profit in 1st quarter -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. returned to a first-quarter profit, benefiting from a gain on the sale of some stores.

The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company, which runs Sears, Kmart and Lands' End, also said Thursday that it plans to spin off a minority stake in Sears Canada Inc.

73. Stocks fall on Europe, worrisome economic reports -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks slipped Thursday after a couple of downbeat economic reports from the U.S. and unease over Europe overshadowed positive earnings from the largest American retailer and an encouraging jobs report.

74. Dow headed for highest close since '07 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The fastest growth in U.S. manufacturing in 10 months gave stocks a lift Tuesday and put the Dow Jones industrial average on track for its highest close in more than four years.

75. Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords -

SEATTLE (AP) — When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

76. Stocks rise, and Dow aims for 7th gain in a row -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks climbed Thursday afternoon after spending the morning barely in the green. The Standard & Poor's 500 index crossed 1,400 for the first time since June 2008, and the Dow Jones industrial average was on track to close higher for a seventh straight day.

77. Stocks rise; Dow flirts with 13,000 again -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks recovered from an early loss Thursday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average within four points of 13,000. Investors were encouraged by more good news on U.S. jobs, but gains were limited by poor results from retailers such as Safeway and Kohl's.

78. Sears to spin off some stores, reports 4Q loss -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. is looking toward its substantial real estate portfolio to offset its weak financial performance.

The operator of Kmart, Sears and Land's End said Thursday it will spin off some stores and sell others as it seeks to regain profitability and market share.

79. Sears to close two Midstate stores -

The Hickory Hollow Sears and the Hendersonville Kmart are on the initial list of 79 stores to be closed by Sears Holdings Corporation, which announced this week it will close 120 locations.

80. Sears to close two Midstate stores -

The Hickory Hollow Sears and the Hendersonville Kmart are on the initial list of 79 stores to be closed by Sears Holdings Corporation, which announced this week it will close up to 120 locations.

81. Stocks slip on the last trading day of 2011 -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is set to end a tumultuous year more or less where it started.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 55 points, or 0.4 percent, to 12,231 as of 2:30 p.m. Friday. The S&P 500 fell 3 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,262. It's up just 0.2 percent for 2011. The Nasdaq fell 4 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,609.

82. 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 after poor sales during the holidays, the most crucial time of year for retailers.

The closings are the latest and most visible in a long series of moves to try to fix a retailer that has struggled with falling sales and shabby stores.

83. Sears 3Q loss widens on softness in Canada -

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp.'s third-quarter loss widened, dragged down by weakness in Canada, declining consumer electronics sales and softer clothing sales at its Kmart stores.