'Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada as it attempts to restructure its debts.
The retailer was once a dominant player in the US toy market, but has struggled against larger rivals such as Amazon, Walmart and Target.
The move casts a shadow over the future of the company's nearly 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees.
The firm's operations in Australia and Europe and a joint venture in Asia are not part of the bankruptcy proceedings.'
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