Sears, Kmart Remove Some Trump-Brand Products Online

But company emphasizes hundreds of products are still available
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Sears, Kmart Remove Some Trump-Branded Products Online
In a Dec. 5, 2005 file photo, a shopper heads into the Sears department store at the Richmond Towne Center mall in Richmond Heights, Ohio.    (AMY SANCETTA)

Sears and Kmart have evicted "a very small number" of Trump-branded items from their online stores, but won't specify how many and emphasize that hundreds of products are still available through their third-party online marketplaces, the AP reports. It's another sign of how companies are trying to tread a careful line, after President Donald Trump rebuked Nordstrom publicly on his Twitter account for deciding to stop selling his daughter Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line. He said Nordstrom had treated his daughter "so unfairly." Ethics experts saw the comment as a threat to companies that carry the brand and may be weighing the question of whether to keep doing so. Nordstrom had said in its announcement that the move was based on the brand's falling sales over the past year, particularly in the last six months.

"We, like all retailers, constantly add and remove products from our offerings," said a Sears spokesman, adding that "any fair observer who searches for Trump or Ivanka Trump on would find hundreds of products available for purchase." Elsewhere:

  • Belk Inc. said it will no longer carry Ivanka Trump items on its website.
  • QVC has said it no longer sells the merchandise.
  • Macy's Inc., which carries the Ivanka Trump brand, hasn't responded to multiple queries by the AP.
  • Lord & Taylor has only said it currently carries the brand.
(More President Trump stories.)

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