Lampert loans Sears $300M

Eddie Lampert, Sears CEO

The losses at Sears Holdings are mounting and after reporting another dip for the second quarter, the company borrowed $300 million from its CEO, Eddie Lampert.

Revenue at Sears Holdings dropped 8.8 percent to $5.66 billion in the quarter ended July 30. Comp-store sales fell 7 percent at Sears stores and 3.3 percent at Kmart.

Lampert attributed the poor performance to a competitive retail environment, something that he's said following the many prior quarters of declining sales.

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Sales have slid at Sears Holdings for 11 years in row.

Lampert has long countered critics with claims that Sears and Kmart face harsher operational environments than competitors. While Macy's and Target also reported challenging quarters, Walmart, JCPenney and TJX Cos. are posting strong sales.

Sears is attempting to transform its retail operations into a membership-based business rooted in the Shop Your Way rewards program and is growing its online marketplace.

Stores are closing and real estate has been sold off to fund this program, but even the creation of a real estate investment trust is not enough, and Lampert has now loaned Sears Holdings $300 million in debt financing, his second infusion of funds this year.

Sears is also considering options, including a sale, for its top brands Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard.

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