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Lowe’s to shut 51 underperforming stores in US, Canada

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Lowe’s Companies Inc is closing 20 underperforming stores in the United States and 31 in Canada as part of a restructuring, the home improvement retailer said on Monday.

Lowe’s, which has trailed Home Depot in sales for years, is in the midst of a turnaround under new Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison, who has promised to remove slow-selling products and end unsuccessful ventures.

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The company is already shuttering its Orchard Supply chain of 99 stores, leading to between $390 million and $475 million in write-downs.

Lowe’s, which operates over 2,000 stores in North America, said the latest store closures would be complete by February.

“The store closures are a necessary step in our strategic reassessment as we focus on building a stronger business,” Ellison said in a statement.

Lowe’s stores in U.S. states including New York, Texas and California and Rona outlets in Ontario, British Columbia and other Canadian provinces are being shut, Lowe’s said.

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Lowe’s bought Rona, Canada’s biggest home improvement chain, in 2016 for about $2 billion, adding about 700 stores to its 40 in the country.

Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Sai Sachin Ravikumar


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MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.

"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."

Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.

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President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."

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