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5 reasons Toys R Us failed to survive bankruptcy

Looking for going out of businesses deals? Got unused gift cards? Here's what shoppers need to know as Toys R Us shuts down its stores. USA TODAY


Radio giant iHeartMedia files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Its apps and events play on

Mike Snider, USA TODAY<p>Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated Cumulus Media’s ranking.<p>The nation's largest radio station operator, iHeartMedia, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to shed billions of debt it has carried for more than a decade.<p>Pharrell Williams and …

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How Toys 'R' Us went from big kid on the block to bust

For years, Toys "R" Us was an American success story.<p>Now the discount toy retailer is in its final chapter. The company filed for bankruptcy in September. On Wednesday, Toys "R" Us told employees that it would close or sell all its stores in the United States.<p>It's an ignominious end for the company …


This Sad Version of the Toys ‘R’ Us Theme Might Help You Mourn

Earlier this week, Toys ‘R’ Us confirmed the rumors about its impending demise by announcing the closure of its American stores. Toys ‘R’ Us’ legacy …


Who’s Going to Move Into the Hundreds of Empty Toys ‘R’ Us Stores?

The collapse of Toys “R” Us Inc. is yet another blow for landlords, who now will have gaping holes of suburban retail space up for grabs. And few …

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Clearchannel took over America's local radio, Bain Capital took over Clearchannel, Clearchannel went bankrupt

As I've written, the demise of newsmedia can't be blamed on tech -- rather, it was the combination of technology and deregulated, neoliberal …

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The real reason Toys R Us went bust

TOYS R Us is Toys R Bust. The company has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has begun closing more than 1000 stores in the US and UK.

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Bain Capital sees high-profile buyouts go bust

Bain Capital has had better weeks.<p>The Boston private-equity firm was a lead investor in three leveraged buyouts — Toys ‘R’ Us, iHeartMedia and Guitar …


Behind the Breakneck Unraveling of Toys ‘R’ Us

You want a trip to Toys “R” Us, head office of Geoffrey the Giraffe, to feel like a visit to a sugarplum Toyland.<p>But the mood is black these days …

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Toys ‘R’ Us blames rivals for host of self-inflincted wounds

Toys ‘R’ Us said Thursday it was giving up its fight to stay alive, and that it was killed by vendors who failed to support the 70-year-old chain, by …

Jeff Bezos

How vulture capitalists ate Toys 'R' Us

Just a few years ago, Toys 'R' Us was an iconic American retailer. Six months ago, it filed for bankruptcy. Two days ago, it announced that all 800 …


Both predators and prey: Toys ‘R’ Us and iHeartMedia

Two of the big business collapses of the week have much in common.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Case Is Test of Private Equity in Age of Amazon

The mood in the courtroom was hopeful when Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy last September. The company’s lawyer, in the first hearing, played a clip of the retailer’s famous jingle “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid” and vowed to restore the company’s place in the hearts of millions of American families.<p>The …

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The Correction Matters. The Reporting Matters, Too.

A few thoughts on ProPublica, Gina Haspel, and more to end the week.<p>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)<p>Sometimes, it just goes that way. The good folks at <i>ProPublica</i> published a whopping retraction on Thursday regarding a story …

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Robert Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization in his probe of alleged Russian interference of 2016 election.<p>A former Walmart executive is suing the …

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The Week in Geek: Tomb Raider opens! Toys 'R' Us Closes! Dumbledore goes full daddy!

Folks, give yourselves a hand: you've made it to to the end of yet another week. And that's not easy! I don't want to put too fine a point on it, but …


'End of an era': New York shoppers glum at Toys 'R' Us

NEW YORK (AFP) -<p>At the Toys 'R' Us in Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan, all is more or less normal -- noisy gizmos for sale drown out the store's background music, and employees stand at the ready.<p>But the few New Yorkers and tourists browsing the aisles on Thursday are in disbelief that the …

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Radio Giant IHeartMedia Files Bankruptcy Plan to Reduce Debt | Business News | US News

The iHeart Media headquarters is shown Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Phoenix. IHeartMedia, one of the world's largest radio companies, is seeking …

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Crescent Capital partner Chris Yoo pulls up stumps

Crescent Capital Partners' Chris Yoo has left the Sydney-based private equity firm.<p>Yoo spend four years at Crescent between 2008 and 2012, before …

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Amazon didn't kill Toys 'R' Us. Here's what did

Don't blame Amazon for the death of Toys "R" Us.<p>It's true, online shopping didn't help matters, but the struggles of Toys "R" Us predate the boom in online shopping. Many of its wounds were self-inflicted.<p>The company's biggest problem: It was saddled with billions of dollars in debt. That debt …


7 Places to Shop Now That Toys R Us Is Dead AF

Toys R Us may be no more, but that doesn't mean your toy hobby has to end as well.<p>For toy collectors, the closing of Toys R Us is the end of an era. …

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Largest US radio company iHeartMedia files for bankruptcy

IHeartMedia Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday as the largest U.S. radio station owner reached an in-principle agreement with creditors …

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Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers

NEW YORK (AP) — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.<p>The 70-year-old retailer sought court approval Thursday to liquidate its remaining 735 stores, eliminating the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain …


Analysts: Toys R Us might have survived if it did not have to deal with so much debt

When Toys R Us announced Thursday it would be closing or selling all of its 800 U.S. stores, analysts offered many reasons for the company’s demise: stale stores, a hard-to-navigate website and increasing competition from the likes of Walmart, Target and online retailers.<p>But perhaps it encountered …

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Bain and Lee Break Even on Investment in Bankrupt IHeart

IHeartMedia Inc. has gone bust, but that doesn’t mean the two private equity firms that bought the broadcaster during the past decade’s mega-buyout …

Venture Capital

The Toys "R" Us blame game

Toys "R" Us formally launched its liquidation process shortly after midnight, via a bankruptcy court filing. This came hours after more than 33,000 …


How Blood-Plasma Companies Target the Poorest Americans

The industry’s business model depends on there being plenty of people who need cash quickly.<p>Medicaid, housing subsidies, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—these are some of the things that make up the backbone of the U.S.’s social safety net. And the federal government, guided by …


Toys 'R' Us to close all US stores

Toys ‘R’ Us, the iconic retail chain that has captivated American kids for generations, has announced plans to shut all of its US stores, becoming …

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iHeartMedia Turns The Dial To Bankruptcy

<b>Updated</b> <b>1:04 p.m.</b> <b>ET</b><p>The "substantial doubt" that iHeartMedia's corporate leaders expressed around the company's likelihood of surviving another year, mentioned in its quarterly financial report last November, has been put to rest.<p>iHeartMedia, the country's largest radio broadcaster with around 850 …


Toys ‘R’ Us Files to Shut Down Its U.S. Operations

Toys “R” Us Inc., the ultimate toyland for baby boomers and their kids, is going out of business after a failed rescue effort, unable to recover from …

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