In sort of a sick coincidence, two retailers with names thatbegin with "G," regional department-store chain Gottschalks, andclothing seller Goody's, both filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday. Gottschalksis looking for a buyer, while Goody's is liquidating.Neither oftheir filings are a surprise. This is the second time Goody's hasfiled for bankruptcy in the last year, and it has already closed 74stores, leaving it with 282. Gottschalks has 58 West Coast storesand has been looking for a buyer at least as far back as2006.Of course, in a Bloomberg article, there ismore good news ahead. Here's Howard Davidowitz, one of the mostcolorful analysts out there: "It's going to get dramatically worse.The consumer's behavior is changed forever."We should probably findout soon how right he is now that the holiday season is over andbankruptcy season gets into full swing.

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