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Kmart Posts 1.45 Billion Loss  
User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

"Bankrupt retailer Kmart Corp. Friday posted a $1.45 billion quarterly loss, as it took massive charges from closing stores and saw sales slide further."

THE DISCOUNT CHAIN reported a net loss in the 13 weeks ended May 1 of $2.88 per share, sharply wider than a net loss of $233 million, or 48 cents in the year-earlier quarter.
Excluding one-time and reorganization items, Kmart said its net loss was $408 million, or 81 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $218 million, or 45 cents a year ago. It recorded a $758 million charge to write down inventory in the 283 stores it closed in the first quarter.
Net sales in the period declined 8.4 percent to $7.64 billion, from $8.34 billion a year earlier. Same-store sales slid 8.8 percent. Excluding the stores it shuttered, same-store sales dropped 11.7 percent.
As of May 1, Kmart, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, said it had about $1.1 billion in available cash and about $1.6 billion available under its debtor-in-possession credit facility.

© 2002 Reuters Limited.

Does anyone else feel Kmart is in its last days? I find this quite facinating that their cost cutting has resulted in even further losses. I for one have no sympathy for Kmart as a whole, but I do feel for all the workers that would be out of jobs if Khell really went under.

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User currently offlineBoeing in pdx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2047 times:

there not dead yet! someone should just kill them!

User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

k-MART fills a niche. I never had a bad experience there.

The problem I see is that many stores such as the one in Vero Beach are old and in need of renovation. They are downright gloomy and depressign to shop in, while Wal-Mart just put in a new Super Mart. No one in their right mind would choose to shop at the old K-mart vs. the new Wal-mart (also open 24 hours and sells groceries.

Wal-Mart has catchy advertising campains, as well as Target.

I don't think we'll see the end of K-Mart. But it will be a small fraction of what it was a few years ago. However I wouldn't be suprised if they went under.


User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Things don't look good for Kmart. No amount of cost-cutting will do much good if they continue to have a reputation as the inefficient company with ugly stores that runs out of stock.

User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5095 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2011 times:

That's a big loss!! But I'm sure they'll come back soon.

Work Hard But Play Harder
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Maybe Martha Stewart can raise some money using her insider stock tips.

But seriously. K-Mart has come and gone. They were a dynamic retailer in the 70s and early 80s when they scared the crap out of traditional retailers like Sears and Montgomery Ward's. However Walmart and Target have beaten K-Mart at their own game. While K-Mart had large numbers of older, less desirable stores, Wal-Mart and Target were fast building and entering markets with large new stores, good products and top notch advertising campaigns. K-Mart has the image of having crappy stuff and ugly stores. Even the Martha Steward line of towels, linens and home accessories was not able to shake it.

K-Mart is a good organization in my mind. I worked a summer in one of their newer stores back in high-school. Some of the folks there have been there for a long time. The story was that the Store Manager started 32 years earlier as a porter.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2000 times:

HA. I hate that store, and good riddance.

The Ohio Player
User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

I don't believe that K-Mart is going to fail completely anytime soon, if for no other reason that they have some stores in excellent locations. They pre-dated Wal*Mart and Target in many markets and therefore were able to snap up the best locations. The company does, however, have to close far more stores than they actually did - while some stores are in very good locations, many others definitely aren't. I'd say offhand that they should close at least another 250 to 300 stores on top of the ones already announced.

"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
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