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The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that Sears and Sears-owned Kmart will no longer sell appliances manufactured by Whirlpool - including the Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air brands - after a pricing dispute “fractured” a century-long business relationship.

Sears has been dealing with a lot of manufacturer issues, the story notes, “scrambling to keep suppliers from abandoning the retailer as its financial position has deteriorated.”

The Journal points out that this is all part of an ongoing and depressing continuum, and that “as recently as 2002, Sears sold four of every 10 major appliances in the U.S., far outpacing its rivals. But its share of the market fell to 22% in the 12 months ended March.”
KC's View:
I don’t even know that Sears is wrong in this dispute … but I do know tat this continues to leave yet another gaping hole in the Sears/Kmart offering. Which it can ill afford. After all, who the hell goes to Sears for anything, unless it is your only option?