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Sears Canada Inc.

Sears loss widens as sales remain soft

Sears loss widens as sales remain soft

Sears' first-quarter loss widened as the beleaguered retailer's sales declined amid its ongoing struggle to attract shoppers.

Sears Holdings Corp. — which operates Kmart and its namesake stores — has been cutting costs, reducing inventory and selling assets to return to profit. At the same time, it's shifting away from its focus on running a store network into a member-focused business.

The latest results show the heavy challenges that remain.

Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert said in a statement on Thursday that Sears is seeing progress in its shift to a member-focused business, with first-quarter member sales comprising 74 percent of eligible sales — the highest level...