Latest Intelligence on Entertainment Software

Published within

« | 1 | 2 | 3 | » »|

Type Product title / description Pub Price
Expert View
Expert View

UK retail: cold snap brings hopes of Christmas cheer

John Lewis indicated that sales had surged in the past five weeks, providing hope that Christmas trading may be better than last year. The company's sales last week rose by 5.8 % to GBP62 million against a year ago. While the performance must be encouraging for John Lewis, its rivals must still be hopeful that the Christmas spirit cold weather engenders will drive consumers into the shops.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Nov 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Home Entertainment: facing tough choices

Home Entertainment, the operator of Choices Video and DVD stores, has been hit by the rise in the number of fake DVDs flooding into the UK, reporting pre-tax losses of GBP3.1 million. Piracy is not the only problem: unless the company responds to increased competition and improves its brand profile, the prospects look relatively bleak.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

WH Smith: making savings but not sales

UK high-street retailer WH Smith reported a 6% fall in underlying sales for the seven weeks to January 21 but improved its margins by 250 basis points. The mixed results are a testament to the company's recovery plan, which has focused on achieving a more profitable product mix. Despite this progress, sales growth remains a challenge.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2006
Expert View
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
Expert View
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

Game: all set for strong 2007

Game, as the UK consoles and computer games market leader, is well positioned to benefit from the current buoyancy in the sector. Despite tough trading and weak profitability in 2005, the retailer continued to open new stores in preparation for an improvement in the market. Now this is finally happening, Game is reaping the rewards.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

PS3: long awaited console may underwhelm in the short term

The PS3 faces a number of obstacles standing in its way on the road to success. A delayed launch, the already established key rival XBOX 360 and the high selling price are just three of them.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2007

« | 1 | 2 | 3 | » »|

No help is available.