Definition of shakeout
1 : the failure or retrenchment of a significant number of firms in the economy or a sector or an industry that usually results in a depressed market
2 : a period or process in which the relatively weak or unessential are eliminated
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By Lillian Rizzo and Peg Brickley, Dow Jones Newswires Children’s clothing seller Gymboree filed for bankruptcy, hoping to cement a deal to slice more than $900 million in debt off its books and survive the shakeout in the retail sector.
Children’s clothing seller Gymboree filed for bankruptcy, hoping to cement a deal to slice more than $900 million in debt off its books and survive the shakeout in the retail sector.
A retail-industry shakeout has made hourly jobs at chains like Gap Inc. and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. hard to come by this spring.
The rate topped 12 percent during a brief shakeout in the shadow banking system in 2013.
The shakeout will be painful, taking an even bigger toll on companies, countries and investors.
Spivack sees a shakeout coming as the Web evolves from a playground for hacker hobbyists into a marketplace for the rich and famous.
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