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Zenith May Be At Its Nadir


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ZENITH MAY BE AT ITS NADIR

THE PICTURE IS DARKENING AT ZENITH ELECTRONICS. On Apr. 1, it reported its ninth straight annual loss, $299 million, and warned of possible bankruptcy without a major cash infusion or new partner. The stock fell 31%. Some $45 million in secured credit through June 30 was extended by controlling shareholder LG Electronics of Korea. But Zenith needs at least $225 million to get through the year. New CEO Jeffrey Gannon, who came from General Electric in January, plans more cost-cutting soon, but it's unclear how long LG will hang on.EDITED BY KELLEY HOLLAND


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