COVID-19 is putting the economy on fast-forward

Nov 24, 2020
Will that make it better or worse? Scott Galloway, professor at the NYU Stern School, weighs in with his new book, "Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity."
People wait in line to receive donated groceries on May 6, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City.
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Wendy's looks to flip nearly 400 restaurants with bid to buy them from bankrupt NPC

Nov 20, 2020
The fast food burger chain wants to keep the restaurants from going to its direct competitors
A vehicle pulls into the drive-thru lane at a Wendy's restaurant in Alhambra, California, on May 5, 2020.
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What happens after a mall defaults on its loans?

Oct 27, 2020
The dominoes just keep falling: Banks, utilities, internal employees, maintenance crews — they could all lose out.
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Retail decline continues with bankruptcies and closures sped up by pandemic

Sep 29, 2020
Many retailers rely on robust holiday sales to boost the year's bottom line. Thanks to COVID-19, good luck with that.
A pedestrian walks past a permanently closed Jos. A. Bank clothing store in August in San Francisco. Tailored Brands, the parent company of Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse, is one of 29 big retailers to file for bankruptcy this year.
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Businesses, insurers want federal backstop to interruption insurance

Sep 11, 2020
Retailers like Century 21 are blaming unpaid insurance claims for their bankruptcies.
A Century 21 department store in lower Manhattan on Sept. 10. The company blamed its insurers for its bankruptcy.
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A closed J.C. Penney store at a mall in San Bruno, California. The retailer is an anchor store in a lot of malls.
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Lord & Taylor's final sale: Who will buy all that real estate?

Aug 28, 2020
The venerable department store is closing all 38 of its brick-and-mortar locations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Pedestrians walk past a shuttered Lord & Taylor department store in Garden City, New York. on May 12.
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Bankruptcies among larger businesses highest since just after Great Recession

Aug 12, 2020
The situation for small and medium-sized businesses is probably even worse.
A shop closing down soon in Santa Monica, California. More businesses are going bankrupt this year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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As J.C. Penney liquidates merchandise, other retailers scramble to compete

Jun 24, 2020
Department stores have to move inventory quickly, and that can be tough if there's a liquidation sale going on next door.
J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy in May.
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COVID-19 pushes business bankruptcies higher in an already tough year

Jun 19, 2020
The government support provided at the beginning of the pandemic was meant to be temporary, but companies are still suffering.
A "Store Closing" sign on a Pier 1 in Chicago.
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