CAN KMART SURMOUNT FORMIDABLE CHALLENGES?

TROY, Mich. -- Kmart's merchandising challenges in food and general merchandise may be too steep for the retailer to overcome, observers said.

This comes despite the fact that Julian Day, the former Safeway chief financial officer who was promoted to Kmart chief executive officer, scores good grades from analysts for his financial acumen.

Day was unavailable for comment.

"Kmart's challenge is a merchandising challenge, and Julian Day is not a m

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