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Brooks Brothers, Muji, and a Steady Drumbeat of Sad Bankruptcies

Breaking Down the Boldest Bets in Business

A pedestrian walks past a Brooks Brothers store in Chevy Chase, Maryland on July 7.
A pedestrian walks past a Brooks Brothers store in Chevy Chase, Maryland on July 7.Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg

Here’s a sagacious Harvard Law professor named Elizabeth Warren writing about bankruptcy in 2009: “There is some evidence that Chapter 11 is used as both emergency room and morgue.”

A decade on, let the triage begin.