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SEARS NAMES J.P. STEVENS SOFT LINES SOURCE OF THE YEAR

 SEARS NAMES J.P. STEVENS SOFT LINES SOURCE OF THE YEAR
 CLEMSON, S.C., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) today presented its 11th annual "Source of the Year" award to J.P. Stevens & Co., Inc., for its work with Sears Home Fashions group. Sears designated Stevens Source of the Year as the retailer's top soft lines source out of the more than 10,000 companies which supply merchandise to the retailer.
 "Stevens's dedication to consistently high quality and careful attention to manufacturing and production details are significant reasons why Sears bedding and bath products represent such exceptional values to customers," said Eric Saunders, vice president for Sears home fashions.
 Sears selected Stevens in recognition for its role as a source for Sears Colormate line of sheets, pillowcases, comforters and bath towels. Sears achieved strong growth in its bed and bath lines in 1991 due in large part to the performance of its private label lines such as Colormate.
 "The double-digit increases in Sears bed and bath business during the fourth quarter last year were the result of an outstanding team effort," said Saunders. "Everyone at Stevens, and in particular the folks here at the plant, was a key part of that team."
 "We accept with great pride the Sears Source of the Year award," said Tom Ward, president, J.P. Stevens home fashions division. "Everyone at our plants helped earn this extraordinary award through their dedication and performance. We know that we have the best people in the world -- and it's great that Sears knows it and honors it too!"
 Sears selected Stevens as Source of the Year after from among 73 companies named "Partners in Progress" award winners earlier this year. The honor marks the first time Sears has chosen J.P. Stevens as a Partners in Progress winner.
 "The J.P. Stevens Co. truly deserves to be called 'the best of the best' of our business partners," said Saunders. "Our partnership with Stevens started more than 50 years ago and with Stevens we have built a tremendous amount of confidence and trust among American consumers in the Colormate name."
 Sears also made presentations to employees today at Stevens plants in Burlington and Wagram, N. C., after morning ceremonies at Stevens's complex in Clemson.
 Sears offers products and related services at 860 full-line stores and 4,100 merchandise units in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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 /CONTACT: Gregory M. Rossiter of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 312-875-8862; or Toni Cauble of Westpoint Pepperell, 404-645-4879/
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