Cache Inc may file for bankruptcy as soon as next week: Bloomberg

By Reuters

Jan 22, 2015 08:36 PM EST

Cache Inc (CACH.O) is poised to become the latest U.S. apparel retailer to file for bankruptcy, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next week, the Bloomberg report said.

The mall-based retailer said in December that it was evaluating strategic alternatives and had received an inquiry regarding a potential sale.

Several U.S. apparel retailers have been struggling to come to terms with stiff competition from fast-fashion brands such as H&M (HMb.ST), Forever 21 and Inditex's (ITX.MC) Zara and online retailers such as Inc (AMZN.O), who offer deep discounts.

Last week, Wet Seal Inc (WTSL.O) became the fourth U.S. apparel retailer to file for bankruptcy in the past two months, joining Deb Shops, Delia*s Inc DLIA.O and Body Central Corp (BODY.PK).

Cache was not immediately available for comment.

The company's shares closed down 48 percent at 9 cents on the Nasdaq on Thursday.

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