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Kate Middleton's Favorite Shop Falls Victim to Retail Crisis

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

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U.K. fashion chain L.K. Bennett collapsed into insolvency as the country’s growing retail crisis claimed a favorite haunt of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The move threatens about 500 jobs, deepening the gloom on the U.K.’s shopping strips. Earlier Thursday, department-store and grocery operator John Lewis Partnership Plc cut employee-owners’ annual bonus to the lowest level in more than half a century, while rival Debenhams Plc on Tuesday issued its fourth profit warning in 14 months.