Money Stores

A one-stop financial center

"You Can Count on Sears," proudly claims America's largest retailer in its advertising. Until recently that slogan referred mainly to consumer goods like clothes, dishwashers or power tools available in its 859 stores. But customers may soon turn to Sears to buy a house or a share of stock or invest in a money-market fund. In two lightning moves last week, the company stepped boldly into one-stop financial shopping. First it offered about $180 million to buy Coldwell, Banker & Co., the biggest independent real estate broker in the U.S., and then it bid some $600 million...

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