With men's clothing in a slump, here's how Talbots' competition stacks up:

BROOKS BROTHERS

Lost its way in the '90s, but aims for a turnaround under new owner

JOS. A. BANK CLOTHIERS

Venerable chain now expanding rapidly, stressing service and selection

MEN'S WEARHOUSE

Seeing a recent uptick in sales of affordable suits at its nearly 700 stores

DEPARTMENT STORES

Still a big factor, but losing share with little service and lots of promotions

LOCAL SPECIALTY SHOPS

They've taken the heaviest hit, with many closing their doors

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