Business Matters: HMV Woes Signal Even Bigger Retail Changes Ahead
Business Matters: HMV Woes Signal Even Bigger Retail Changes Ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Struggling British retailer HMV is set to announce the sale of its 125-store Canadian business to restructuring specialist Hilco's Valco Capital Partners arm, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

An HMV spokeswoman declined to comment on the report while officials at Hilco UK could not be reached for comment.

The Sunday Telegraph reported the Canadian sale was expected to bring in some 5 million pounds for HMV, which has issued four profit warnings this year.

Although a relatively small transaction, the sale would show further progress in HMV's restructuring and debt-cutting plans.

This month, HMV secured a 220 million pound refinancing deal that would effectively involve the British taxpayer taking a stake in the group.

In May, HMV sold its Waterstone's book chain to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut, pledging to use the 53 million pounds proceeds to cut 170 million of debt.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by David Hulmes)