Macy's closing 11 stores

By: ASSOCIATED PRESS/STAFF
By: ASSOCIATED PRESS/STAFF

January 8, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- Macy's says it will close 11 underperforming stores in 9 states -- affecting 960 employees -- after one of the weakest holiday seasons in years.

Stores slated for closure include locations in Los Angeles, West Palm Beach, Nashville and St. Louis, among others. Cincinnati-based Macy's Inc. says the closures will cost about $65 million, most of which will be booked in the 2008 fourth quarter.

Note: The store at Augusta Mall is NOT on the closing list.

The news comes as Macy's says its December sales at stores open at least a year, or same-store sales, fell 4 percent. That's better than the 5.3 percent drop analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting. However, Macy's is lowering its forecast for the fourth quarter and full year due to heavy markdowns.

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