Party City, amid rising prices, seeks bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Party City is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after struggling with rising prices and a pullback in customer spending. According to the Associated Press, the company, which operates more than 800 company-owned and franchise stores throughout North America, has faced increased competition from Walmart and Target. That pressure has intensified in an era of rising prices, including for helium used in party balloons, and slowing consumer demand. The company has secured a commitment for $150 million in debtor-in-possession financing. It said the financing, which is subject to court approval, would provide ample cash to continue operations.