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Claire’s Canadian stores to remain open as it files for bankruptcy in U.S.

A file photo of a Claire's store. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NEW YORK — Claire’s, the jewelry chain that has pierced the ears of millions of teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. but its Canadian and European stores are not involved.

The company said Monday its stores will remain open as it restructures its debt.

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A Claire’s spokesperson told The Canadian Press that the fashion and jewellery retailer’s European and Canadian businesses are not involved in the U.S. Chapter 11 cases, and will continue operating without interruption.

Claire’s is the latest retailer to seek bankruptcy protection, close stores or go out of business entirely.

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Privately-held Claire’s says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in September.

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