Sears: New Look for the Top Retailer

Sears perks up its profits by putting some fresh sparkle into its stores

Sears perks up its profits by putting some fresh sparkle into its stores

'Twas the month before Christ-mas—and retailers everywhere were poised for what could be the best selling season in five years. Last week the release of two important economic measurements confirmed the upbeat forecasts.

Personal income, a key gauge of buying power, jumped ahead by 1.2% in October, the biggest surge in more than two years. At the same time, the Consumer Price Index rose only .4% during the month, continuing a trend of moderate increases that this year have pushed the rate...

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