http://m.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/The-end-of-Sears-is-very-near-6674088.php Sears has been a super star of American retail sales since the 19th century when they invented the catalog business and became the single largest retailer on Earth. In the 20th century they became the first big box store and just about every mall in America had a Sears in it. That is all looking like a thing of the past though as the company circles the drain. It hasn't made money in over a decade. The internet has taken many of their sales hitting their bottom line, a whole series of corporate raiders have attacked the company and left it with staggering debt, while past CEOs added still more debt by trying to merge their way to success by buying companies like Kmart and Land's End. Both of those retailers were also in trouble and merging to failing companies doesn't seem to make a good company. They are talking about a year, maybe two, before Sears goes out of business.