• Stage Stores saw profits slide in the fourth quarter, a period marked by holiday sales and discounts in what the company called a

Stage Stores saw profits slide in the fourth quarter, a period marked by holiday sales and discounts in what the company called a “soft retail environment.”

The Houston-based retailer on Thursday reported a quarterly net loss of $6.8 million. By comparison, the company posted earnings of $21.0 million during the same period last year.

Same-store sales decreased 8.5 percent. Total sales decreased 9.6 percent to $454.4 million, down from $502.6 million during the same quarter…