Texans who use the electricity service of TXU Energy may have received a notice related to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by its parent company. TXU Energy is largest retailer of electricity in the state, with almost 1.7 million customers, including residents, commercial establishments and industries. The spokesperson for TXU Energy stated that there was no problem and the notice was mainly for informational purposes. It was also stated that all commitments and contracts would be honored, and business would continue as usual.
Texans know that anyone can face financial trouble, and many people do at some point in their lives. The trouble might be from a medical emergency or from taking on too much credit card debt or too many loans. Although trying to renegotiate debt is always an option, the effort may not always be successful.
In today's economy, many retail establishments that were extremely successful in the past have experienced a downturn. The current economic condition has forced many companies in Texas and other parts of the United States to look for debt relief by submitting a bankruptcy filing according to the guidelines of Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Brookstone, a well-known retail chain whose stores are a common sight in shopping malls around Texas, announced it filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 as part of its $147 million sale to Spencer Spirit Holdings.
Business owners in Tyler, Texas, would understand the detrimental effects that debt can have on the prospects of a business. In addition to the cash crunch, business debts can also harm the reputation of a business, and in the process, limit its future prospects for growth and sustainability. In such situations many businesses file for bankruptcy and reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in an attempt to start over after taking necessary corrective actions.
According to data from the American Bankruptcy Institute, the total number of bankruptcy filings dropped last year by 13 percent over 2012. Overall, there were 1,032,326 bankruptcies filed last year; 1,186,137 were filed the year before. The largest percentage reduction was in the number of Chapter 11 business bankruptcies, which fell by 31 percent. The nationwide bankruptcy rate reached a peak in 2007 but has been dropping off each year since 2010.