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Woolworth Corp.: Woolorth said its third-quarter earnings...

Woolworth Corp.: Woolorth said its third-quarter earnings skidded 49% as the continuing slump in consumer spending took a heavy toll on the retailer’s business.

The general merchandise and specialty retailer said it earned $41 million, or 31 cents per share, in the quarter ended Oct. 26, down from $80 million, or 62 cents per share, in the same period the year before.

Revenue fell 1.9% to $2.42 billion from $2.47 billion.

Woolworth said revenue from its specialty stores, which include Kinney shoe and Foot Locker outlets, rose 7.6%. However, revenue from general merchandise stores, including Woolworth and Woolco branches, was off 9.9%.

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