UPDATE 1-Sears Canada recalls shopping bags over safety issue

Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:00pm EST

* Says bags have high levels of lead

* Bags priced between C$0.79 and C$1.29

* Offers customers a refund

Dec 24 (Reuters) - Retailer Sears Canada Inc (SCC.TO) issued a safety recall for certain reusable shopping bags sold at its stores between July and December, due to the presence of higher levels of lead.

The company said in a statement it is asking customers to discontinue use of the bag and is offering a refund to those who return their bag to the nearest Sears store.

The bags, which come in three different sizes, are priced between 79 Canadian cents and C$1.29 each.

Sears Canada will post signs at all its retail stores to advise customers of this safety recall, it added.

Shares of the Toronto-based firm closed down 10 Canadian cents at C$19.02 on Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. (Reporting by Gowri Jayakumar in Bangalore; Editing by Roshni Menon)

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