6 endangered brands

They were household names for decades, and they still hold an important place in our collective consciousness. But these once-bright business stars are dimming, and may soon fade out entirely.

Sears and Kmart

Sears never really recovered from its disastrous 2005 merger with Kmart. Both were pioneers -- Sears (SHLD) invented catalog sales in the 19th century, while Kmart was one of the earliest big-box discount retailers.

But now the company is burning cash, and sales have declined for each of the last six years. A particularly grim omen: Sears recently announced plans to shutter its flagship store in Chicago.

  @CNNMoney - Last updated June 24 2014 11:21 AM ET

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