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Retailers are filing for bankruptcy at a staggering rate – and these 17 companies could be the next to default

Business Insider Logo By Hayley Peterson of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 18: 
  
    Moody's
    Investors Service identified 17 retailers with the highest risk
    of defaulting or filing for bankruptcy protection.
  
  The list includes PetSmart,
  Neiman
  Marcus, and J.Crew.
  
  Two months into 2019, four retailers have already filed for
  bankruptcy protection: Payless
  ShoeSource, Charlotte
  Russe, Gymboree, and
  FullBeauty Brands.
  

  The fallout from the retail
  apocalypse is far from over.

  Two months into 2019, four retailers have already filed for
  bankruptcy protection: Payless ShoeSource, Charlotte Russe,
  Gymboree, and FullBeauty Brands.

  Ratings agencies are expecting more defaults in the coming
  months.

  "As the US retail industry emerges from one of its worst
  multi-year default cycles yet, companies are getting ready for a
  second, though less virulent round among smaller, weaker names,"
  analysts for Moody's Investors Service wrote in a report on
  Thursday.

  The report identified 17 retailers with the highest risk of
  defaulting or filing for bankruptcy protection:

These companies are feeling the pain

The fallout from the retail apocalypse is far from over.

Two months into 2019, four retailers have already filed for bankruptcy protection: Payless ShoeSource, Charlotte Russe, Gymboree and FullBeauty Brands.

Ratings agencies are expecting more defaults in the coming months.

"As the US retail industry emerges from one of its worst multi-year default cycles yet, companies are getting ready for a second, though less virulent round among smaller, weaker names," analysts for Moody's Investors Service wrote in a Feb. 21 report.

The report identified 17 retailers with the highest risk of defaulting or filing for bankruptcy protection. Click ahead to see them.

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