12/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Black Friday Chopping Block: If The Shopping Is Weak, These 10 Companies Won't Survive

A year ago, not many people would have thought Circuit City would be in bankruptcy now. Linens 'n Things, Mervyn's, Whitehall Jewelers and Steve & Barry's have either shut down or are closing huge numbers of locations since they moved into Chapter 11.

The most astonishing fact about the retail industry now is that the environment has gotten much worse than it was when each of these businesses began to fail. Sales at stores across the country will be down this holiday season. Some analysts believe that the numbers will be as bad as for any fourth quarter in thirty-five years.

Here is a list of ten companies which may well not make it if their sales drop by double digits this holiday season compared to last: