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Judge approves $5.2 billion Sears sale to chairman Lampert

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A bankruptcy judge has approved the $5.2 billion sale of Sears to chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments, saving the struggling store from liquidation, WSJ reports.

Why it matters: The purchase will effectively save 425 stores and 45,000 jobs. Sears has been given another life, but the reality is that the once-iconic retail chain stopped being relevant years ago.

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