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Sears Canada says no outlets to close

A Sears Canada (SCC-T) spokesman says the company will not close any outlets in Canada. The announcement comes after parent company Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD-Q) said it would close as many as 120 Kmart and Sears stores in the United States.

Sears Canada shares were down sharply in Wednesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

On Tuesday, Sears Holding's stock dropped more than 27 percent after it said it would close as many as 120 of about 2,200 Kmart and Sears full-line stores, and said sales had slumped in the crucial holiday period. The company owns about 94 percent of Sears Canada.

"The release that came out yesterday was really about Sears' U.S. operations," said Sears Canada spokesman Vincent Power.

Sears Canada has not announced its holiday performance, but in the last reported quarter sales at established stores, a key measure for retailers, lagged those in the United States.

In the quarter ended October 29, its same-store sales fell 7.8 percent, compared with a 0.7 percent decline at the U.S.

Power said Sears Canada Chief Executive Calvin McDonald, who took over in June, is leading plans to improve the chain's stores, starting in the first quarter of 2012.

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