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HMV will face difficulties finding buyers

HMV's administration is an outcome that has loomed large for some time, principally due to the continued dominance of online, the rise in popularity of streaming services, and unchecked illegal downloading. Administrator Deloitte has confirmed that it will keep the debt-riddled company trading as it looks for a buyer, but it will prove difficult to find a taker for the beleaguered company.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2013
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HMV Group: performing well, but trading may get tougher

The retailer's latest quarterly figures represent a strong period of trading, with total group sales up 12.2% and 5.8% on a like-for-like basis. HMV Group now has a solid base from which to move forward. However, things are likely to get tougher for the retailer, given the ongoing decline of the music and video market, and the increasingly competitive nature of the book retailing sector.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Sep 2007
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HMV Group: HMV updating, Waterstone's stagnating

HMV Group has announced encouraging results for the 16 weeks to April 25, 2009, defying the overall decline among its core product sectors. While HMV UK & Ireland is well placed to exploit a lack of high street competition in its core categories and sales opportunities that will arise from its numerous new ventures, Waterstone's faces an uphill struggle in its bid to reverse its fortunes.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2009
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Hilco's Musical Vision gives HMV a chance

After months of speculation, store closures, rogue Tweets, and even the suggestion of an Elton John benefit gig, HMV has finally been rescued from administration by Hilco. Although 141 stores may be more than is realistically manageable, the retailer's renewed focus on music & video and more competitive pricing will stand it in good stead as it returns in earnest to the high street.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2013
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Game: acquisition referred to Competition Commission

The Office of Fair Trading has stated that it is concerned the purchase of Gamestation by Game Group will result in the loss of competition. However, with large numbers of non-specialist retailers vying for market share growth, the sector is likely to remain as competitive as ever.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Aug 2007
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Game Group: non-specialist competitors gain ground

The leading independent games retailer Game Group has issued a profit warning as gamers waiting for new consoles to arrive on the market hold off on purchases. With limited scope to diversify into other product areas and a growing number of non-specialist competitors encroaching on its territory, Game needs to exploit the festive season to develop an appeal beyond its core customer base.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2005
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Fopp: risky expansion strategy

With the acquisition of 67 stores, effectively trebling its size, music and video retailer Fopp has taken its aggressive expansion strategy to new heights. However, despite its niche positioning and eclectic product range, Fopp must be confident that in a tough retail market, it has not bitten off more than it can chew.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2007
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Dixons: expanding online operations

Dixons is to expand its product range from 10,000 items to more than a million as it launches an entertainment range, selling CDs, DVDs, games and books. The move could prove a compelling proposition despite intensifying competition in the entertainment market, which is learning to cope with price deflation, legal downloading and weaker demand.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Nov 2006
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Dixons set to struggle in competitive video on demand market

In the highly competitive video on demand market, Dixons Retail has launched KnowHow Movies, a non-subscription service aimed at new adopters of the technology. While its existing store portfolio and customer base will help with the initial uptake, the service looks likely to struggle against its well established rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2012
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Digital downloads: Amazon, Google to challenge the big Apple?

Both Amazon and Google are reported to be considering launching music download services. The arrival of these influential players will be a significant step for the sector, whose growth has so far been stunted by the non-compatibility of existing legal download sites. They would also provide a viable alternative to Apple's dominant digital offer.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006

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