As of April 11, 2013, Sears CEO Edward Lampert, also founder of ESL Investments, reduced his Orchard Supply Hardware position again by 2.12%, with remaining shares at 1,005,329. He last pruned his Orchard position by 0.31% on April 1, 2013, and had trimmed multiple times prior in this quarter. Since first quarter in 2012, between shares bought and sold, Lampert’s average cost per share was $27, for a 92% loss.
Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) has fierce competition in the home improvement and garden market, struggling to sell against giant, The Home Depot, and others. In December 2012 Orchard Supply Hardware filed a lawsuit against The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, and two power tool makers, Milwaukee Electric Tool and Makita USA, claiming that the companies are running an unlawful group boycott, according to HCN.
The question remains, boycott or no---can Orchard Supply Hardware compete with titans for top-of-mind in California’s suburbs as the go-to place for power tools and the like?
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