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HMV: announces recovery plan

In response to further deterioration of market conditions, HMV has outlined the shape of its future strategy. The three-pronged recovery program, focusing on cost, revitalization of the core business and new channels to market, represents a significant step in the right direction, however, one should not underestimate the challenges the retailer faces ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

HMV: contrasting but positive results

HMV UK & Ireland, buoyed by strong games consoles and software sales, showed impressive like-for-like sales growth of 4.3% for the 18 weeks to August 30, with total sales even higher at 8.6%. However, Waterstone's saw like-for-likes drop 4.3%, with total sales down 5.9%. Including international operations, this saw the group record like-for-like sales growth of 1.3%, with total sales up 3.5%.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2008
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Expert View

HMV: dancing to a new tune

The music and video retailer has revealed a disappointing sales performance yet again citing the World Cup, the internet and grocers as the cause of its downfall. The company is embarking on a two-year program of initiatives to improve its performance in time for Christmas trading, but HMV still faces serious challenges.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

HMV: facing the music alone

Permira is preparing to give up its five-month effort to buy HMV after the music retailer rejected its 210 pence-per-share indicative bid, which valued the group at GBP843 million. HMV believes that the bid undervalues its long-term prospects, although the company will face challenges if it is to realize this potential.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Mar 2006
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CommentWire

HMV: failing to deliver in challenging market

The UK music & video market has declined in 2006, fuelled by illegal downloading, price deflation and growing competition from pureplay online retailers. In this tough market, HMV has improved its market share and intensified its competitive positioning, although it has been unable to prevent a fall in revenue.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2007
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Expert View

HMV: from market leader to takeover target

HMV has confirmed that it has received a bid approach from private equity firm Permira, after reporting disappointing Christmas sales. The music & video retailer is having to adapt to a sea change in its core market brought on by growing online and mainstream retail sales, and it is unlikely that Permira would make a quick buck from a selling it on.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2006
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CommentWire

HMV: green shoots of hope

The HMV Group has defied a slowing music and video market and tough Christmas trading to post a positive set of results, with total sales up 2.9% in the five weeks to January 3, 2009. The recent spate of competitor collapses has left HMV as the dominant high street entertainment retailer, and as it continues to diversify its interests, the group's future is looking increasingly positive.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2009
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CommentWire

HMV: growth opportunities through Fopp?

While the purchase of just six Fopp stores will do little to reverse HMV's flagging high street sales, careful reinvention of the Fopp brand online could provide a new platform for growth. It will be HMV's ability to retain Fopp's loyal customer base, while leveraging synergies between the two brands, that will enable it to better compete with rivals.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2007
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CommentWire

HMV: no longer top dog

HMV has issued a profit warning after both the HMV music chain and its Waterstone's bookstores performed poorly over the festive period. Competition from online retailers and grocers able to promote discounted deals has hurt the retailer's profit margins. Looking ahead, this threat is unlikely to diminish as HMV's cut-price rivals continue to up their offer.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jan 2006
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CommentWire

HMV: seasonal cheer

In the five weeks to January 5 2008, HMV Group achieved total growth of 9.9% with like-for-like growth of 9.4%, with improvements at both its entertainment and books retailing fascias. While this result suggests that headway is being made in turning the business around, HMV still faces fundamental challenges as demand for entertainment products shifts online and consumers expect lower prices.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2008

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