updated 2/28/2008 7:51:15 AM ET 2008-02-28T12:51:15

Sears Holdings Corp., the department store retailer controlled by Chairman Edward Lampert, says fourth-quarter profit tumbled 48 percent, due to poor performance at its Kmart and U.S. Sears stores.

The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based company said Thursday earnings dropped to $426 million, or $3.17 per share, from $811 million, or $5.27 per share, a year ago.

Revenue slipped to $15.07 billion from $16.18 billion.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial expected profit of $3.10 per share on higher revenue of $15.26 billion.

"Given the challenging retail environment, we will work to improve and tighten management of costs and inventory levels in 2008," said W. Bruce Johnson, Sears Holdings' interim CEO and president.

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