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Toys R Us — crushed by debt — files for bankruptcy

The Wayne, N.J.-based company was for decades the country’s preeminent toy retailer, with a towering flagship in New York’s Times Square and a ubiquitous icon, Geoffrey the Giraffe.

The filing — just the latest in a string of high-profile bankruptcies this year — comes on the heels of the all-important Holiday shopping season, which can account for half of retailers’ annual sales.

The Toys R Us Bankruptcy “brings to a close a turbulent chapter in the iconic company’s history,” Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said in an email.

At the same time, toys have become less of a priority for many children and teenagers, who would rather buy smartphones and tablets — or apps and games for those devices — than traditional playthings.

Two in 3 young teenagers now have their own tablet or smartphone, and the majority of them said spending on those devices has become an important consideration, according to GlobalData Retail.

READ MORE (Washington Post)

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