January 8, 2019 / 1:03 PM / 5 months ago

EXCLUSIVE-Sears to ask bankruptcy judge to liquidate- sources

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp will ask a bankruptcy judge on Tuesday if it can proceed with liquidation after it could not reach an agreement on Chairman Edward Lampert’s $4.4 billion takeover bid, casting doubt on the survival of the 126-year-old U.S. department store, people familiar with the matter said.

Should Sears liquidate its assets, it would become perhaps the most high-profile victim in the wave of bankruptcies that have swept the retail sector in the last few years, as the popularity of online shopping exacerbates the fierce price competition facing brick-and-mortar stores.

Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli and Mike Spector in New York; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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