WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

                        SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

        Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 17, 2003

                            SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO.

               (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

                                    New York
                 (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

         1-416                                       36-1750680
(Commission File Number)                  (IRS Employer Identification No.)

           3333 Beverly Road,                           60179
       Hoffman Estates, Illinois                      (Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (847) 286-2500

 (Former name or former address, if changed since last report): Not Applicable


Item 7. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

        The Exhibit Index on page 4 is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9. Regulation FD Disclosure.

        On April 17, 2003 the Registrant issued a press release announcing its
        first quarter 2003 earnings, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.

        The information furnished under "Item 9. Regulation FD Disclosure" is
        intended to be furnished under "Item 12. Results of Operations and
        Financial Condition" in accordance with SEC Release No. 33-8216. The
        information in this Form 8-K and the exhibit attached hereto shall not
        be deemed to be "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities
        Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, but shall be deemed to be incorporated
        by reference in and made a part of the following registration statements
        filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Registration
        Statement Nos. 2-80037, 33-18081, 33-23793, 33-41485, 33-45479,
        33-55825, 33-58851, 33-64345, 333-08141, 333-92082, 33-64775, 333-18591,
        333-43309, 333-102114, 333-38131, 333-52056, 333-72514 and 333-87942.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                     SEARS, ROEBUCK AND CO.

                                     By: /s/ THOMAS E. BERGMANN
                                         Thomas E. Bergmann
                                         Vice President and Controller

Date: April 17, 2003


                                 EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.

    99           Press release dated April 17, 2003.