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Sears Dials Up Discounts to Record Levels as It Copes With Slump

  • Sears has marked down nearly everything in store up to 50% off
  • Analysts doubt the retailer will ever regain profitability
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Sears Holdings Corp., reeling from billions in losses and sputtering mall traffic, is increasingly turning to a time-honored retail tactic: putting everything on sale.

The department-store chain embarked on its most aggressive holiday sales ever this month, marking down its entire inventory by 10 percent to 50 percent. The company’s Kmart chain is taking a similar tactic, with discounts of as much as 40 percent. “It’s unprecedented,” spokesman Brian Hanover said.