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Macy's Closing 9 Stores

Macy's Inc., the owner of its namesake chain and Bloomingdale's, said Friday that it would close stores deemed to have inadequate sales and eliminate 899 jobs.

Macy's will shut locations in Akron, Canton and North Randall, Ohio; Lake Charles, La.; Riverdale, Utah; Indianapolis; Oklahoma City; Houston; and Dallas. Final clearance sales will begin in the next few weeks, the retailer said.

The company will operate 815 Macy's after shutting the stores, all of them locations the chain acquired when it bought May Department Stores in 2005, a spokesman, Jim Sluzewski, said. The retailer's sales growth has been hurt by the former May stores, which were converted to the Macy's name last year, analysts said.

“They are certainly muddling through, but not muddling through very well,” Patricia Edwards, a portfolio manager at Wentworth, Hauser & Violich in Seattle, said of the merger. “It's a big bite to chew off, and these customers are used to different things.”

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