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CHICAGO (Oct. 20) – Shares of beleaguered electronics retailer Circuit City Stores Inc. rose Monday after a report said the chain may close at least 20 percent of its stores to shore up its finances and avoid filing for bankruptcy protection.

Circuit City store

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Circuit City’s advisers are trying to line up additional financing but so far lenders have shown little interest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Citing “several people familiar with the matter,” The Wall Street Journal said the nation’s second-largest consumer electronics chain was considering closing at least 150 locations and slashing thousands of jobs to avert a Chapter 11 filing.
Closing dozens of stores would allow the retailer to liquidate $350 million in inventory that could be used to pay real-estate costs, including leases on abandoned sites.
Circuit City spokesman Jim Babb said the chain wouldn’t comment on the details of the report or “rumors” as it continues “a comprehensive review of all aspects of our business” in order to accelerate its turnaround plan and boost its financial and operating performance.
“As previously announced, this includes assessing the productivity of our asset base and making decisions that are in the best long-term interest of Circuit City and our stakeholders,” he said in a statement Monday.
Investors appeared pleased at the report, sending the company’s shares up more than 20 percent in morning trading and providing a small gain for the stock that’s lost more than 90 percent of its value this year. But by early afternoon, the shares had fallen back and were flat at 39 cents.

Douglas C. Pizac, AP

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Store: Mervyns

Why? The ailing department store chain on Friday said it would move forward with plans to liquidate its remaining stores.

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Standard & Poor’s analyst Michael Souers said he was maintaining his “Hold” rating on the retailer, but slashed his price target in half to $1.
“While we would applaud (Circuit City) for its attempt to stay solvent, we remain highly pessimistic on holiday sales, and on consumer spending in 2009,” he wrote in a research note to investors, adding that he was maintaining his projections that the company would lose $2.65 per share in 2009 and $2.48 per share in 2010.
The Richmond, Va.-based company, which is in the midst of a comprehensive review as it works to operate as a standalone business while exploring strategic alternatives, has had only one profitable quarter in the past year. It posted a wider second-quarter loss last month with a 13.3 percent decline in same-store sales.
The results came after Circuit City replaced its chief executive and withdrew its outlook for the full year because of traffic declines, stronger competition and a weak brand.
In May, Goldman Sachs & Co. was hired to help the retailer explore strategic options amid a now-withdrawn $1 billion takeover bid from Blockbuster Inc.
The Journal reported that Circuit City hired Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as its bankruptcy counsel earlier this month, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. The newspaper also said the company hired FTI Consulting Inc. to develop a turnaround plan and has retained investment bank Rothschild Inc. to lead discussions with banks and acquire emergency financing.

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Weindeldesigns 04:38:10 AM Oct 21 2008

I see so many people bitch about customer service at places like these. Fast food joints too. Yet I don’t see any of the bitchers taking these underpaying jobs to deal with customer who want every thing for free but expect the best product and service that money can buy. We will be our own down fall and the funny thing about it is: WE WILL BITCH ABOUT IT!!!

They’re on every week with sales so it seems like they’re really trying to move merchandise. then again so is Best Buy. what a crazy time with Linens N Things also going under.

Keep their job one more day??????? If they had any sense at all, they would be working somewhere else.

Wow, sorry but politics aren’t applicable here, unless you’re talking about George Bush’s adminstration allowing businesses to run amok and then execs bail out with a lot of money leaving despair and destruction in their wake without an ounce of conscience.

CherokeeA1 11:03:18 PM Oct 20 2008

I will tell you why Circuit City is going under. I went in there last year with my daughter to buy an IPod. No one asked me if I needed help. There were six salespersons standing around talking to each other. I went across the street to Sears and was waited on immediately. I have not been back to Circuit City.

Shadowsmgc 10:37:21 PM Oct 20 2008

SJILL0101 08:03:51 PM Oct 20 2008 Report This! You choose to forget the war in Iraq has plunged this country into this recession. Before Bush, we had a surplus, we now are so deeply in debt as a country, we will never see the end of it.Outsourced jobs by rich Republican CEOs.No one buys American anything anymore, not that there’s a whole lot of American goods to buy…No jobs, less you brave guys want to join the Army. My son went to Iraq twice for over 2 yrs. What does he say we accomplish? Nothing! NADA.But you go watch McC commercials and choose how you vote.There will be no stores left soon, each one we lose means no competition. Higher prices.————————————————————————————-Barrack will make us all even. He will implement his Socialistic plans. He’ll take from Joe The Plumber, and give those poor non-working stiffs. Each to his own needs etc. The “War” began well before the Iraqi invasion. It will come to our soil, eventually. I

Shadowsmgc 10:25:17 PM Oct 20 2008

ChristosStavros 08:43:27 PM Oct 20 2008 Report This! ALL of you IDIOTS you IDIOTS you IDIOTS that voted for Dubya-monkey ARE REAPING WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN!——————————————————————————————Chris, You ain’t seen nothing yet. This economy is going waaayyy dooowwnn. If you’re lucid, you’ll know that the main reason for our Economic/Financial meltdown, is the Majority led, Democrat Congress. They’ve quite openly protected, and defended the Thieves and looters, as they pilfered, and drained our treasury. Any company, Country, or entity who allows it’s leadership to be so grossly overpaid, should fail. When we, the citizens sit by, and watch Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch, and AIG, be looted, we’re complicit, by our inactivity. We really deserve a deep depression, more severe than the one in the 30’s. It would be cruel justice, but we deserve it. Dennis

MKN84 09:49:16 PM Oct 20 2008

Why one more Christmas? One last fill of the pockets and then run? One last bonus check for the execs who are already making high six figure salaries? Nobody likes this store any more. Its got a fatal flaw. Their retail image is irreparable. Just close now and forget it. Who are you trying to fool? What are you going to do, stiff the employees on Christmas Eve??

ChristosStavros 08:43:27 PM Oct 20 2008

ALL of you IDIOTS you IDIOTS you IDIOTS that voted for Dubya-monkey ARE REAPING WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN!

JFNorthglenn42 08:24:55 PM Oct 20 2008

To Gangary214 At the time the comissioned salespeople were let go it was attributed to a “model” Best Buy was successfully using and killing Circuit City in market share acros the country …it wasn’t about putting a few $ in the poor pockets of salespeople who really cared it was about putting a few $$$$ in the rich top level managers and appeasing the stockholders

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