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Lampert Prevails in Bankruptcy Auction for Sears

Sears Holdings Chairman Eddie Lampert has won a bankruptcy auction for the beleaguered retailer, the Wall Street Journal reported. Lampert’s $5.3-billion bid to keep Sears’ remaining 400 stores open must still be approved by the federal judge presiding over Sears’ bankruptcy case.

Lampert, who is Sears’ biggest shareholder and largest creditor, prevailed by sweetening his offer to about $5.3 billion from $4.4 billion over several weeks of negotiations, the WSJ reported.

The offer beat out a bid by Abacus Advisory Group LLC to close all the stores and sell the inventory, a course of action that reportedly was supported by most of Sears’ creditors and landlords.

Analysts questioned Sears’ long-term viability, even with Lampert’s rescue plan. “In our view, Sears exits this process with almost as many problems as it had when it entered bankruptcy protection,” wrote Global Data Retail’s Neil Saunders.

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