Kohl’s to team with grocer Aldi

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s shoppers will be able to pick up some groceries while shopping for clothing at select stores.

The department store chain said Thursday it is teaming up with German no-frills grocery chain Aldi to lease space in five to 10 of its stores. The move comes as Kohl’s looks to scale back its footprint while making its stores more productive.

Kohl’s also reported a 6 percent increase in sales at established stores for the critical fourth quarter, the largest gain since 2001. Business was helped by more customers coming into the stores as well as shopping online, where sales were up 26 percent.