NEW YORK — Sears, Roebuck & Co. was expected to receive by last Friday at least five preliminary offers to buy its credit card portfolio for up to $6 billion, according to a Reuters report citing anonymous sources close to Sears.

Reuters said the expected bidders are Citigroup Inc., General Electric Co., Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Last March, Sears said it would sell all or part of its credit operation.

Citigroup and General Electric are said to be frontrunners, according to industry sources.

Sears executives could not be reached for comment Monday.

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