Economy of the United Kingdom

  1. EMI Recruits Carton As Non-Exec Director

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kevin Carton has joined EMI Group as a non-executive director, with effect from Feb. 1. Carton was formerly global leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' entertainment and media practice, where he advised Kevin Carton has joined EMI Group as a non ...

  2. EMI Recruits Carton As Non-Exec Director

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kevin Carton has joined EMI Group as a non-executive director, with effect from Feb. 1. Carton was formerly global leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' entertainment and media practice, where he advised Kevin Carton has joined EMI Group as a non ...

  3. Gallant Out At HMV U.K.

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Steve Gallant, product director and board member at leading music merchant HMV U.K. & Ireland, has exited amid ongoing restructuring at the company. His unexpected departure, with immediate effect Steve Gallant, product director and board ...

  4. Gallant Out At HMV U.K.

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Steve Gallant, product director and board member at leading music merchant HMV U.K. & Ireland, has exited amid ongoing restructuring at the company. His unexpected departure, with immediate effect Steve Gallant, product director and board ...

  5. Virgin Christmas Sales Buck U.K. Sales Dive

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Virgin Megastores U.K. & Ireland today (Jan. 12) claimed it saw total sales growth of 2.9% in the five weeks ending Jan. 7, although figures covering the second half of 2005 show sales in decline. Virgin Megastores U.K. & Ireland today ...

  6. Virgin Christmas Sales Buck U.K. Sales Dive

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Virgin Megastores U.K. & Ireland today (Jan. 12) claimed it saw total sales growth of 2.9% in the five weeks ending Jan. 7, although figures covering the second half of 2005 show sales in decline. Virgin Megastores U.K. & Ireland today ...

  7. HMV CEO Giles To Step Down

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading British music merchant HMV Group plc today (Jan. 12) said its chief executive Alan Giles will retire at the end of 2006. In a separate interim trading note issued to the London Stock Exchange, Leading British music merchant HMV Group plc t ...

  8. HMV CEO Giles To Step Down

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Leading British music merchant HMV Group plc today (Jan. 12) said its chief executive Alan Giles will retire at the end of 2006. In a separate interim trading note issued to the London Stock Exchange, Leading British music merchant HMV Group plc t ...

  9. Brit Retailer MVC Files For Bankruptcy

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Administrators Kroll 'hopeful for a buyer.' British CD and DVD specialist retailer MVC has filed for bankruptcy and hired the U.K. arm of international "risk consulting' company Kroll as administrators. MVC stores remain open. ...

  10. Brit Retailer MVC Files For Bankruptcy

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST British CD and DVD specialist retailer MVC has filed for bankruptcy and hired the U.K. arm of international "risk consulting' company Kroll as administrators. British CD and DVD specialist retailer MVC has filed for bankruptcy and hired ...

  11. U.K. Retailer Music Zone Buys 40 MVC Stores

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music Zone is buying 40 stores from its rival MVC, the British independent music retailer said today (Dec. 20). Financial details of the transaction, struck with MVC's new owners Argyll Partners, have British independent record retailer Music ...

  12. U.K. Retailer Music Zone Buys 40 MVC Stores

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music Zone is buying 40 stores from its rival MVC, the British independent music retailer said today (Dec. 20). Financial details of the transaction, struck with MVC's new owners Argyll Partners, have British independent record retailer Music ...

  13. EMI Pub Pacts With Chorion

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Deal covers literary-based brands. EMI Music Publishing U.K. has entered into a long-term agreement with Chorion, one of Britain's leading owner of classic literary-based brands. According to the pact, EMI will now administer Cherion's m ...

  14. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Competition Commission. OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Competition Commission. News ...

  15. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's is to be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to the Com HMV Group's planned acquisition ...

  16. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Commission. HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's will be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to ...

  17. Sanctuary Explores New Fund Raising

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Group plc today (Dec. 5) admitted it is likely to require addition funding "in the near term" as it confirmed it was closing in on the sale of its music publishing and studio businesses. Sanctuary Group plc today (Dec. 5) admit ...

  18. Sanctuary Explores New Fund Raising

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sanctuary Group plc today (Dec. 5) admitted it is likely to require addition funding "in the near term" as it confirmed it was closing in on the sale of its music publishing and studio businesses. Sanctuary Group plc today (Dec. 5) admit ...

  19. Virgin Digital Relaunches Music Service

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Red Pass offers updated search, nav features. Virgin Digital has relaunched an expanded and updated online music subscription service, called Red Pass. The new service now supports portable subscription and is charging $7.99 a month for both fixed ...

  20. UMGI Rings Up Content Deal With Vodafone

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International has formed a long-term strategic alliance with Vodafone, Europe's biggest international wireless carrier, to distribute innovative music-related content. Universal Music Group International has formed a lon ...

  21. UMGI Rings Up Content Deal With Vodafone

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International has formed a long-term strategic alliance with Vodafone, Europe's biggest international wireless carrier, to distribute innovative music-related content. Universal Music Group International has formed a lon ...

  22. Groome Rises To BPI General Counsel

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry has elevated Roz Groome to helm its legal department as general counsel, effective Nov. 1. LONDON -- The British Phonographic Industry has elevated Roz Groome to helm its legal department as general counsel, effec ...

  23. Groome Rises To BPI General Counsel

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry has elevated Roz Groome to helm its legal department as general counsel, with effect from Nov. 1. The British Phonographic Industry has elevated Roz Groome to helm its legal department as general counsel, with eff ...

  24. Groome Rises To BPI General Counsel

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Legal chief succeeds Taylor. The British Phonographic Industry has elevated Roz Groome to helm its legal department as general counsel, with effect from Nov. 1. A trained solicitor, Groome steps up into the role vacated by Geoff Taylor , who retur ...

  25. Madonna 'Hung Up' With France Telecom

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Phone operator unveils multiplatform campaign. From Oct. 17, French consumers will be able to download Madonna’s new single “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.) on their phones before its physical release. This world premiere initiative is part of a partnersh ...

  26. Madonna 'Hung Up' With France Telecom

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Phone operator unveils multiplatform campaign. From Oct. 17, French consumers will be able to download Madonna’s new single “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.) on their phones before its physical release. This world premiere initiative is part of a partnersh ...

  27. HMV Group Sales Flat

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Retailer suffers from bad U.K. conditions. Shares in HMV plunged after the British entertainment retailer reported today (Sept. 28) that sales in the U.K. have suffered in the past four months, due to the deterioration of trading conditions follow ...

  28. HMV Group Sales Flat

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Retailer suffers from bad U.K. conditions. Shares in HMV plunged after the British entertainment retailer reported today (Sept. 28) that sales in the U.K. have suffered in the past four months, due to the deterioration of trading conditions follow ...

  29. HMV Sells Australian Stores To Brazin

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Deal valued at $3 million. Sydney-based entertainment and lingerie company Brazin Ltd. has bought HMV Australia Ltd. from its U.K. parent for $4 million Australian ($3.08 million). The deal is effective Oct. 2. HMV has 32 stores in Australia. Acco ...

  30. Competition Commission To Eye Vue Cinema Acquisition

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Office of Fair Trading said Sept. 23 it has referred the completed acquisition of A3 Cinema and its subsidiary Ster Century (U.K.) by U.K.-based exhibitor Vue Entertainment to the Competition Comm LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Office ...

  31. HMV To Sponsor Classical Chart Show

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British retailer in partnership with Classic FM. HMV is to sponsor the U.K.'s leading classical chart music radio show in a multi-platform branding campaign. The U.K. chain has teamed with London-based Classic FM to sponsor the national radio ...

  32. HMV To Sponsor Classical Chart Show

    September 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British retailer in partnership with Classic FM. HMV is to sponsor the U.K.'s leading classical chart music radio show in a multi-platform branding campaign. The U.K. chain has teamed with London-based Classic FM to sponsor the national radio ...

  33. Motorola Unveils ROKR Internationally

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Handset was aunched in the United States on Sept. 7. Cellphone manufacturing giant Motorola has unveiled the international rollout for the ROKR, the new handset that is compatible with Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store and was launched in t ...

  34. HMV Raises Bid For Bookseller Ottakar's

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group Plc, the market-leading British music retailer, has launched a cash takeover bid for Ottakar's Plc in a deal valuing the U.K. bookseller at about £96.4 million ($177.26 million). HMV Group Plc, the market-leading British mu ...

  35. HMV Raises Bid For Bookseller Ottakar's

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group Plc, the market-leading British music retailer, has launched a cash takeover bid for Ottakar's Plc in a deal valuing the U.K. bookseller at about £96.4 million ($177.26 million). HMV Group Plc, the market-leading British mu ...

  36. Virgin Megastores Enters The Digital Age

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to the post today (Sept. 2) when it pressed the button on its own bespoke digital music service. Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to t ...

  37. Virgin Megastores Enters The Digital Age

    September 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to the post today (Sept. 2) when it pressed the button on its own bespoke digital music service. Richard Branson's Virgin Megastores brand pipped its U.K. rival HMV to t ...

  38. HMV Set For New Digital Era

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV U.K.'s new digital music service will embrace the independent label sector and adopt a flexible pricing structure, executives at the market-leading retailer told reporters today (Sept. 1). HMV U.K.'s new digital music service will em ...

  39. HMV In Talks To Buy Books Chain Ottakar's

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Market-leading British music retailer HMV Group plc has signalled plans to bolster its activities in the bookselling business. HMV said today (Aug. 25) it was in preliminary discussions with Ottakar's Market-leading British music retailer HMV ...

  40. HMV In Talks To Buy Books Chain Ottakar's

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stock rises as HMV looks to strengthen books arm. Market-leading British music retailer HMV Group plc has signalled plans to bolster its activities in the bookselling business. HMV said today (Aug. 25) it was in preliminary discussions with Ottaka ...

  41. Virgin Preps For U.K. E-Tail Biz

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Digital to face-off with rival HMV. Virgin Digital to face-off with rival HMV. News ...

  42. Virgin Preps For U.K. E-Tail Biz

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Retail will press the button Sept. 2 on its digital download service in a move that brings it head-to-head with rival HMV Group, the retailer confirmed today (Aug. 1). Virgin Retail will press the button Sept. 2 on its digital download serv ...

  43. Virgin Preps For U.K. E-Tail Biz

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Readies face-off with rival HMV. Virgin Retail will press the button Sept. 2 on its digital download service in a move that brings it head-to-head with rival HMV Group, the retailer confirmed today (Aug. 1). The company's online ambitions, re ...

  44. U.K. Retailer Woolworths Sells MVC For £5.5M

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British retailer Woolworths Group Plc said today (Aug. 1) it had sold its specialist music and DVD chain MVC to a group of retail investment specialists in a cash deal worth £5.5 million ($9.6 mi British retailer Woolworths Group Plc said ...

  45. U.K. Retailer Woolworths Sells MVC For £5.5M

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British retailer Woolworths Group Plc said today (Aug. 1) it had sold its specialist music and DVD chain MVC to a group of retail investment specialists in a cash deal worth £5.5 million ($9.6 mi British retailer Woolworths Group Plc said ...

  46. HMV Group Chair Miller Resigns

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group plc today (July 26) said that its non-executive chairman Sir Robin Miller was resigning to focus on other business interests. Miller, who took that role Feb. 2, 2004, will exit the market-le HMV Group plc today (July 26) said that its no ...

  47. HMV Group Chair Miller Resigns

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group plc today (July 26) said that its non-executive chairman Sir Robin Miller was resigning to focus on other business interests. Miller, who took that role Feb. 2, 2004, will exit the market-le HMV Group plc today (July 26) said that its no ...

  48. Woolies Sales Tumble Amid 'Difficult' Trading

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT British retail and entertainment conglomerate Woolworths Group Plc today (July 25) reiterated that trading has "remained difficult" as like-for-like revenue declined by 4.4% in its latest trading peri British retail and entertainment con ...

  49. Woolies Sales Tumble Amid 'Difficult' Trading

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Half-year figures due Sept. 21. British retail and entertainment conglomerate Woolworths Group Plc today (July 25) reiterated that trading has "remained difficult" as like-for-like revenue declined by 4.4% in its latest reporting period. ...

  50. HMV Gears Up For E-Tail Biz

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV is offering indie labels the opportunity to digitize their catalogs without charge ahead of its full-scale entry into the e-tail marketplace. The retail chain's digital service provider MusicNet HMV is offering indie labels the opportunit ...

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