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KMART TO SELL GOODYEAR AUTOMOTIVE BELTS, HOSE

 KMART TO SELL GOODYEAR AUTOMOTIVE BELTS, HOSE
 AKRON, Ohio, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM)


and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: GT) today announced that all Kmart automotive service centers will sell the new Flextra line of v-belts and Fresh Start hose products from Goodyear beginning July 15, 1992.
 "The addition of the Goodyear hose and belt products is another example of Kmart's emerging leadership in the automotive retail market," said Harold Parkison, vice president of merchandising hardline division for Kmart.
 "As part of our nationwide store expansion and updating process, we are offering a wider array of quality brands shoppers want," said Parkison.
 "Kmart's 1,000 auto service centers will add significant market share to our effort to serve U.S. customers," said Ned Kendall, Goodyear's vice president of Engineered Products. "We look forward to joining ranks with one of America's largest automotive services organizations."
 The Flextra automotive fan belts and serpentine belts and Fresh Start, a private brand label, heater hose, molded hose and fuel line hose will be produced in Goodyear's plants in Lincoln, Neb., and Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
 Goodyear's Engineered Products Division is the largest non-tire rubber business unit in North America.
 Kmart has 4,000 retail outlets in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Its operations include 2,377 Kmart stores, as well as PACE Membership Warehouse, Builders Square, PayLess Drug Stores, Waldenbooks, The Sports Authority and OfficeMax.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Haymond of Goodyear Tire & Rubber, 216-796-5896/
 (GT KM) CO: Goodyear Tire & Rubber; Kmart ST: Ohio, Michigan IN: AUT REA SU: JVN
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