After nearly six decades in American malls, Claire’s is facing an uphill battle to stay afloat. The retailer — which says it has pierced 94 million ears, more than any other company — has reported 11 consecutive quarters of declining sales and racked up more than $2 billion in debt, prompting speculation among analysts that it could be among the next to face big trouble.
So far this year, more than 300 retailers have filed for bankruptcy,
including mall staples BCBG Max Azria, Rue21, Wet Seal and the Limited.
Others, including Macy’s, Sears and Bebe have closed hundreds of stores. . . . more