Sears Earnings Slip Amid Remodeling of Canadian StoresSears, Roebuck and Co. yesterday reported a 38 percent drop in first-quarter net earnings as profits were affected by charges from accounting changes and costs to remodel Canadian stores.
Net income in the quarter ended March 30 dropped to $110 million from $176 million last year.
Excluding one-time items related to a change in accounting for goodwill and costs to convert 12 Eaton stores to Sears Canada stores, income rose to $300 million from $150 million last year.
Sears said 2002 operating profits were helped by lower expenses and margin improvement in its retail division.
Total revenue in the first quarter increased to $9.04 billion from $8.86 billion last year.
Operating income from the company's retail unit, excluding one-time items, increased to $87 million from an operating loss of $56 million in the previous year. Retail revenue fell to $6.77 billion from $6.81 billion last year.