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VOL. 126 | NO. 142 | Friday, July 22, 2011

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Borders Liquidation

The Associated Press

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Borders Group's liquidation plan is set to proceed after receiving approval from a bankruptcy judge.

A judge on Thursday approved the 40-year-old booksellers' plan to appoint liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group to sell off its assets. Going-out-of-business sales are set to begin at some stores Friday.

About 30 to 35 of the stores could be sold to rival chain Books-a-Million Inc. but the two companies are still in talks.

Books-A-Million, based in Birmingham, Ala., will become the second largest U.S. bookseller after Borders liquidates. It operates more than 200 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Borders, in Ann Arbor, Mich., filed for bankruptcy protection in February. It said earlier this week it planned to liquidate after a potential private-equity bid fell through.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 74 74 17,939
MORTGAGES 95 95 20,660
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 8 2,701
BUILDING PERMITS 141 141 36,977
BANKRUPTCIES 59 59 11,485
BUSINESS LICENSES 17 17 5,865
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 27 27 6,857
MARRIAGE LICENSES 41 41 4,090