Retail Apocalypse Now: Houston-based Stage Stores, Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just one of several large U.S. retailers to do so thus far in the month of May.
Stage Stores, which operates hundreds of Palais Royal, Bealls, and Goody’s department stores, landed firmly in the FRISK® score "red zone" at the outset of 2019. Once there, the company never rose higher than a FRISK® "4" in the 18-plus months prior to going under:
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