The article comments on several business methods adopted by various firms in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck and Co. can't get enough of itself. While rival retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc. and Kohl's Corp. pour billions of dollars into building new stores, Sears spends billions on its own stock. It's a tactic that sits well with investors in the short run— earnings per share increase each time the number of shares outstanding falls, and that props up Sears' stock price. Buybacks became popular across corporate U.S. when share values fell during the market slump of 2000-02.
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