Toys ‘R’ Us is drowning in debt and, like many retailers, has fallen victim to the shift to e-commerce Inc., of course, shares some of the blame for Toys ‘R’ Us Inc.’s bankruptcy filing. However, experts say there are a number of reasons why the toy retailer filed chapter 11, some that go back for years indicating the company was in trouble for quite some time.

“Certain larger retailers that filed for bankruptcy had burdensome levels of debt resulting from their private equity owners’ uses of financing in acquiring the companies,” tax and advisory firm BDO wrote in a September report.

In addition, UBS analysts led by Arpine Kocharyan wrote in a Monday note that a “chapter 11 filing heading into Q4 may be indicative of a subdued holiday outlook by Toys ‘R’ Us.”

The toy retailer’s bankruptcy filing was triggered by stricter terms from vendors and suppliers ahead of the holidays, The Wall Street Journal reports. The filing was expected, and comes as all of retail is undergoing a shift to e-commerce and heightened competition from a variety of sources. Toys ‘R’ Us operates about 1,600 stores around the world, and said business would proceed as usual for customers, though some bankruptcy experts warn there could be noticeable changes, like difficulty finding popular toys.

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