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Consumer, entertainment and retail still hard-hit in economic downturn, S&P researchers say

By Kim Peterson Nov 6, 2009 2:52PM
Losing Money © Don Farrall / Photodisc Green / Getty ImagesThe economy may be on the mend, but three industries in particular still see high levels of risk, according to Standard & Poor's.

People still aren't spending like they used to, and the economy and credit markets are anything but stable. That's led to red flags in consumer products, media/entertainment and retail/restaurants, S&P researchers said in a new report.

Some companies in those sectors are particularly vulnerable. S&P found them by making lists of companies that are distressed or have ratings or potential bond downgrades to be concerned about.

Dozens of companies fell into more than one list. Here are some of the publicly-traded ones.

Chiquita Brands International (CQB) - The produce seller reported a much-improved third quarter recently, even squeezing out a small profit.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) - Overexpansion, too much debt, management misconduct? KKD has it all.

Blockbuster (BBI) - One word: Netflix

Dole Food (DOLE)
- Company is still laden with debt, and didn't pull off the IPO it had hoped for last month. Even after the IPO, it will still have about $1.6 billion in debt, Barron's reports.

Trump Entertainment Resorts (TRMPQ) - Donald Trump once owned 29% of the company, which is now in bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg. He's trying to regain control.

Eddie Bauer Holdings (EBHIQ) - Outdoor clothing retailer filed for bankruptcy in June.

Radio One (ROIAK)
: The large radio broadcasting company primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Recently reported a drop in revenue and in station operating income.




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