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BUFFALO STOCK INDEX RISES

The stocks of companies with operations in the Buffalo area rose this week, led by Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The Buffalo Bloomberg Stock Index rose 6.46, or 3.1 percent, to 217.05 for the week. Forty-one stocks gained and 15 fell.

Sears & Roebuck lead all gainers rising $10.88, or 31 percent, to $45.88, after Vornado Realty Trust bought a 4.3 stake in the retailer to possibly redevelop and sell some of its 871 department stores.

Wilson Greatbatch Technologies gained $1.42, or 14 percent, to $19.34.

Among decliners, Columbus McKinnon Corp. fell 73 cents, or 9 percent, to $7.42.

The Buffalo Bloomberg Stocks Index reached a 52-week high of 217.64 this week, and its 52-week low of 184.61 on Nov. 20, 2003.

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