Sears Names Top 1 Percent of Suppliers as Partners in Progress

Sears, Roebuck's offices were brimming with animated visitors and an atmosphere of celebration on April 12 when the company hosted a special event to honor its top suppliers as Partners in Progress for 2004.

The prestigious Partners in Progress award is presented annually to a select group of supplier companies -- only the top 1 percent -- that provide Sears, Roebuck and Co. with quality products and services, from apparel, appliances and tools to marketing, facilities design and technology. More than 10,000 sources competed for this award.

The winning companies were hosted by Sears Holdings Corporation Vice Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy at the Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

"Strong and productive supplier relationships are critical to the achievement of our business goals. We're pleased to have the opportunity, through the Partners in Progress program, to recognize the Sears suppliers who have gone the extra mile to support our company over the past year," said Lacy.

Started more than 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes sources for quality, innovation, overall market performance and diversity. The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears' employees who purchase goods and services for the company.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,400 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 870 full-line and 1,100 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through,, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck Web site at or the Sears Holdings Corporation Web site at .

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is the nation's third largest broadline retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with approximately 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' Web site at .

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