America’s top retailers in trouble

JCPenney tried to close the doors, but shoppers came pouring in.

The company said Thursday that it’s decided to throw a temporary lifeline to 138 stores that it planned to close in April and May. Instead, they’ll shut down on July 31, spokesman Joey Thomas said in an emailed statement.

“Since announcing store closures, affected locations have seen better than expected sales and traffic, which is common when store closures are announced,” Thomas said. “Traffic typically increases for a variety of reasons, including curiosity, nostalgia and the lure of lower prices.”

JCPenney (JCP) first announced plans to close…