Troubled retailer The Spiegel Group Inc on Monday announced a delay in the filing of its annual report to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Illinois-based company, which also operates the Eddie Bauer chain and filed for Chapter 11 last month, said the report would be delayed until its auditor reviews findings from an independent examiner.

In a statement, Spiegel said it was advised by its auditor, KPMG, that it could not provide it with an audit opinion until it sees the examiner's report.

KPMG also said it would be unable to perform a review of any of the company's 2003 quarterly reports.