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SEARS HEADQUARTERS STAFF BEING HIT WITH LAYOFF NOTICES

Hundreds of employees at Sears Holdings Corp. headquarters are getting pink slips this week as the retailer carries out layoffs it warned would result when the company was formed by the March acquisition of Sears, Roebuck and Co. by Kmart Holding Corp.

Sears informed local, state and federal officials last month that at least 500 workers -- the minimum threshold for alerting the federal government -- would be let go from the headquarters staff of about 4,000. Company spokesman Chris Brathwaite declined Thursday to disclose the total or comment on published reports that, citing unidentified Sears sources, put it at 1,000 or higher.

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