SEARS ACCELERATES KMART CONVERSION

NEW YORK -- Sears, Roebuck & Co. said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it identified 25 of the 50 Kmart stores acquired in June for a "fast-track conversion."Fast tracking pushes the timetable ahead of schedule. The retailer initially said the conversion would be done either by March 15 or April 15.Sears also said the name of the new formatted stores

NEW YORK -- Sears, Roebuck & Co. said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it identified 25 of the 50 Kmart stores acquired in June for a "fast-track conversion."

Fast tracking pushes the timetable ahead of schedule. The retailer initially said the conversion would be done either by March 15 or April 15.

Sears also said the name of the new formatted stores will be announced in the "coming weeks."

The retailer said the

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