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J.C. Penney results extend a gloomy week for retailers

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NEW YORK — Sales at established J.C. Penney stores faded again during its most recent quarter, capping a gloomy week for US retailers.

Penney’s stock sunk below $4, an all-time low for the 115-year-old retailer.

Another quarter of falling same-store sales from J.C. Penney Co. came a day after similar reports from Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Dillard’s, as people increasingly avoid malls and shop online or at discount retailers. Nordstrom stood alone, reporting that its same-store sales rose in the most recent quarter, when it held its annual anniversary sale.


At established Penney stores, sales fell 1.3 percent during the second quarter. It was the fourth straight quarter of declines for Penney, and it was worse than the 1.2 percent drop that Wall Street analysts expected, according to FactSet.

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Penney said its results were hurt by the closing of about 130 stores during the quarter.

‘‘We’ve never liquidated this many stores at one time,’’ said CEO Marvin Ellison, during a conference call Friday.

Penney, which has about 875 stores left, is making a number of moves to try and reverse its fortunes. The company said it signed a new deal to sell Electrolux and Frigidaire products.