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RETAIL

More Ohio Kmart, Sears stores to close

Sears Holdings will close 20 more Sears and Kmart stores in the U.S., on top of the 245 closings already announced early this year — and the latest round of cuts will affect Ohio locations.

The company announced the latest closures to store employees early this week, according to Business Insider. The new list of closures include Sears department stores in in Sarasota, Florida; Roseville, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Overland Park, Kansas, among others, according to the report.

Three Ohio stores made the list, but none of them were located in Southwest Ohio. In March, the company warned there is “substantial doubt” that the stores can continue to survive, according to an ominous warning filed in a report with the Security and Exchange Commission. The company lost $2.2 billion in sales last year. KARA DRISCOLL

TRANSPORTATION

Dayton airport sees decrease in traffic

Passenger traffic at the Dayton International Airport decreased by nearly 3,000 passengers last month compared to the same time in 2016.

Approximately 93,244 passengers flew by way of the Dayton airport in May, compared to the more than 96,224 who traveled during the same month in 2016. Approximately 405,659 travelers have flown from the Dayton airport so far this year, compared to the 416,023 passengers who flew in the same time period last year.

It was the last full month of service for Southwest Airlines at the Dayton airport, and 10,189 travelers flew with the air carrier in May. That was about 1,000 less than the same time last year. Southwest halted services in early June, in favor of adding services at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Dayton saw an increase in passengers who flew with Allegiant Air, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of service at the airport. Approximately 3,853 passengers flew with the low-cost carrier in may, compared to the 2,758 passengers who flew Allegiant in May 2016. KARA DRISCOLL

CONSUMER ADVICE

DP&L warns about new scams

Dayton Power & Light is warning customers of new scams. The Dayton area’s electric utility said it has recently received reports about attempted payment scams in which customers have been contacted by someone claiming to represent the utility and stating that they can receive a discount on their electric service. Scams may use email, social media, phone calls or even door-to-door visits, DP&L said.

The utility is reminding customers they should not provide personal information or comply with requests for payments. Instead, they should hang up and call DP&L at (800) 433-8500 to ask questions about anyone contacting you about your bill or claiming to be from the utility. TOM GNAU