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KMART STATEMENT DENIES FALSE CHARGES BY TEAMSTERS UNION

 TROY, Mich., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by Kmart Corporation (NYSE: KM).
 Kmart Corporation today issued the following statement in response to false charges of spying alleged in a lawsuit against the company and publicized by the Teamsters Union:
 "Kmart Corporation has never employed an agency or individual to engage in illegal conduct. From time to time Kmart, like other companies, will use the services of investigative agencies in an effort to protect corporate assets and the safety of associates while they are on the job.
 "Theft is a serious problem as it has a direct impact on Kmart's ability to remain competitive and offer customers merchandise at the best price possible. Likewise, the safety of Kmart associates is extremely important and the company must ensure a safe work environment. The use of illegal drugs during work hours, for example, has a direct bearing on the ability of Kmart to provide a safe work place.
 "Kmart used an outside agency to investigate excessive waste at the Kmart distribution center in Manteno, Ill. The outside investigative agency was terminated months before the union election process ever began as the agency's work was completed. This investigation resulted in the breakup of a theft ring at the distribution center.
 "Kmart has not yet received the formal charges publicized today by the Teamsters Union. Kmart will analyze the litigation and aggressively defend the matter."
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 /CONTACT: Mary Lorencz of Kmart Corporate Communications, 313-643-1021/
 (KM)


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