Borders to Shut Down

Borders Group Inc. said it would liquidate after the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain failed to receive any offers to save it.

Borders, which employs about 10,700 people, scrapped a bankruptcy-court auction scheduled for Tuesday amid the dearth of bids.

The chain said it will ask a judge Thursday to approve a sale to liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group.

The liquidation of the company’s remaining 399 stores could start as soon as Friday, and the chain is expected to go out of business for good by the end of September, the company said.

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