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Circuit City Hires Restructuring Firm

More bad news for Circuit City. After the resignation of its CEO followed by disappointing quarterly results and the company's decision to withdraw its guidance, the company has hired turnaround specialist FTI Consulting Inc. as an adviser on restructuring. Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst David Schick wrote that "The risks of bankruptcy are very real [...] Vendors will have to decide how they plan to do business at Circuit City.''

Reports of a company hiring a restructuring specialist are almost never good for shareholders, but it may be a sign that Circuit City is finally being realistic about just how dire its situation is. To date, the company has explored a bizarre strategy of opening new stores in the face of devastating sales declines as it loses traffic to better competitors like Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

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