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RadioShack to Pay CEO $500,000 Retention Bonus as Sales Plunge

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- RadioShack Corp., which announced plans yesterday to shut 1,100 stores after a plunge in sales, agreed to pay its top executives retention bonuses, saying their skills are critical to the company’s comeback plan.

Chief Executive Officer Joe Magnacca will get a $500,000 payment, while other executives will receive $187,500 to $275,000, the Fort Worth, Texas-based company said today in a filing. Magnacca also will be eligible for a bonus of as much as $600,000 next year if he meets performance targets.

The decision was made “after giving due consideration of the skills and talent deemed critical to the company’s business turnaround efforts currently under way, the difficult business environment and the competition for skilled, talented employees,” the company said. To receive the bonuses, the executives must stay at the company through March 1, 2015.

The announcement comes a day after RadioShack posted its eighth straight quarterly loss and a 20 percent decline in revenue. The planned store closings will shrink the chain by almost one-fifth, leaving about 4,000 U.S. locations. The shares fell 17 percent to $2.25 yesterday, the biggest one-day decline in more than four months.

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