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Sears Up For Sale?

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Eddie Lampert might be ready to leave the sinking ship that is Sears/Kmart, according to a report in The New York Post.

Though the rumors that Lampert is looking for a buyer are for now "unsubstantiated," the move would make sense given Sears Holdings' long-term struggles, its intention to close up to 120 stores and retail industry insiders' skeptical outlook on Sears' future.

The question now is who would be interested in buying the bottom rung player in the crowded department store space? Whoever buys Sears would likely do so for the value of its real estate rather than for the value of its retail brand, given that the company owns properties in many of the nation's oldest and best malls.

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