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    Bankrupt Kmart Posts $1.45 Billion Net Loss in First Quarter

    TROY, Mich. - Kmart Corp. today posted a $1.45 billion quarterly net loss as it took a massive charge to clear inventory out of stores it shuttered after it filed for bankruptcy, Reuters reports.

    TROY, Mich. - Kmart Corp. today posted a $1.45 billion quarterly net loss as it took a massive charge to clear inventory out of stores it shuttered after it filed for bankruptcy, Reuters reports.

    The company said its net loss widened to $2.88 per share, for the first quarter ended on May 1 from $233 million, or 48 cents a share, a year earlier.

    Kmart, which has cut 22,000 jobs following its bankruptcy filing, took charges of $758 million to write down inventory and $265 million for reorganization items, mainly lease terminations for closing 283 stores, in the latest quarter.

    Excluding special items, Kmart said the loss nearly doubled to $408 million, or 81 cents per share, from $218 million, or 45 cents a share.

    Sales for the quarter fell 8.4 percent to $7.64 billion from $8.34 billion a year earlier. Sales at stores open at least a year slid 8.8 percent. Excluding the stores Kmart shuttered, same-store sales dropped 11.7 percent.

    James Adamson, who in March took over as chairman and chief executive from Charles Conaway, said the loss reflects lower inventory levels as vendors withheld shipments in the early days of its reorganization and store traffic dwindled after the bankruptcy filing.

    "While there is still much hard work ahead," he said in a statement, "we are pleased with the early progress we are making in addressing in-stock levels, customer service and store traffic."

    As of May 1, Kmart said it had about $1.1 billion in available cash and about $1.6 billion available under its debtor-in-possession credit facility.

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