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  1. Hilco Buys HMV, Saves 141 Stores and 2,500 Jobs

    April 05, 2013 5:00 AM EDT HMV has been handed a lifeline. Retail restructuring specialist Hilco has swooped in with a rescue package for the British chain -- reportedly worth some £50 million ($76 million). The arrangement all-but secures the future for the once-great mu ...

  2. HMV Reports Further Losses, May Sell Live Division to Boost Finances

    December 19, 2011 3:29 PM EST Struggling U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is considering selling its profitable live division, HMV Live, following yet another significant drop in sales. HMV Group posted a total loss of £50.1 million ($77.8 million) for the 26-week period ending ...

  3. HMV To Close Central London Store

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST HMV, the U.K.'s leading entertainment retailer, is to close one of its central London stores. The closure of HMV's 35,000 sq. ft 360 Oxford Street outlet comes into effect April next year, according to the company. HMV recently renewed i ...

  4. London Paper Cancels 'Headliners' Fest Ahead Of Closure

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's News International, owner of the London Paper, has announced the cancellation of its new Headliners event in light of the free weekday paper's imminent closure. The new event, set for Sept. 16 and 17, was to feature over 50 a ...

  5. HMV Unveils Reward Card Scheme

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K entertainment retailer HMV will roll out its new customer loyalty card, Pure HMV, this month and it has revealed trial data showing the benefits of the scheme to suppliers. HMV is also targeting former customers of the defunct Woolworths retai ...

  6. HMV Unveils Charity Partner

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Market leading U.K. entertainment retailer HMV and sister company Fopp have chosen children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent as their charity partner for 2008 to 2010. As part of HMV’s bi-annual corporate social responsibility and community enga ...

  7. Williamson Replaces Campkin At Zavvi

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gary Williamson has been promoted to head of music at Zavvi, the British retailer which emerged from the Virgin Megastores U.K. and Ireland chain. London-based Williamson, who retains his current responsibilities as head of related product, succee ...

  8. Fopp Flag Flies Again In London

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Market-leading U.K. retailer HMV is to re-open the Covent Garden branch of shuttered record store Fopp in London on Saturday (Oct. 6), after persuading the landlord to reverse its decision over the lease. The 4,000 sq.ft. store will recommence tra ...

  9. Virgin Megastores U.K. Changes Hands In MBO

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold-off its Virgin Megastores U.K. and Ireland chain for an undisclosed sum. A team led by Virgin Megastores managing director Simon Douglas and finance director Steve Peckham has bought the 125-store chain ...

  10. U.K. Retail Empire Strikes Back Against Slump

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a year of store closures and slumping sales, U.K. music retail is attempting to stave off meltdown with a host of new in-store initiatives. The long, wet summer has seen some seismic shifts in the market, with the traditionally buoyant album ...

  11. London Fails To Figure In HMV’s Fopp Revival

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT HMV says that despite their "very best efforts", their revival of the U.K. Fopp retail chain will not include a London branch among the six stores re-opening this month. Stores in Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge and Glasgow ...

  12. Brit Retailer Choicesuk Hits The Wall

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British DVD and music retailer ChoicesUK has called in the administrators and suspended trading in its shares on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange. ChoicesUK has 170 outlets focusing on DVD and computer games for sale and rental. The co ...

  13. HMV Buys Fopp Brand, Outlets

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group is injecting new life into Fopp. The music and entertainment retail giant has reached an agreement to buy the recently-bankrupted Fopp brand, its URL and the lease on six of the retailer's outlets, depending on landlord consent. Fin ...

  14. HMV Eyeing Up Fopp Outlets?

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT HMV could be poised to snap up some stores of the recently-bankrupted U.K. specialist music chain Fopp, according to media reports. Fopp, at one time the U.K.'s leading independent music-focused retailer, collapsed June 29 with 700 job losses ...

  15. U.K.'s Rough Trade Opens New Prototype Store

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rough Trade, the iconic specialist London music store, is about to launch a new outlet which it claims is designed to revolutionize the music-retail landscape. The retailer, until now operating two small niche outlets in Central London's Cove ...

  16. Virgin, HMV War Over Prince's 'Planet Earth' Covermount

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's two leading specialist music and entertainment retailers have locked horns as the row over Prince's CD "covermount" reaches a new nadir. Virgin Megastores has slammed rival HMV, describing the company as "opportu ...

  17. Fopp Sheds 700 Staff

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fopp, the recently-defunct independent British music retailer, has axed 700-plus employees. Ernst & Young, the accountancy firm appointed administrator to the recently-collapsed chain, confirmed the job losses in a statement today. The adminis ...

  18. U.K. Retailer Fopp Shutters

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fopp, the U.K.'s leading independent specialist music retailer, has gone bust. The company issued a statement today (June 29) confirming industry speculation that it was going bankrupt after 25 years in the business. "It is with great re ...

  19. Fopp's Future Remains Uncertain

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The future of Fopp is apparently still up in the air four days after the U.K. independent specialist music retailer stopped taking payments by credit cards at its stores. On Monday, the company admitted to "experiencing difficulties" aft ...

  20. Update: Fopp's Fate Hangs In Balance

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The fate of leading U.K. independent music retailer Fopp remains uncertain despite stores re-opening on June 23, after an unexpected closure the day before. The company has publicly admitted "experiencing difficulties" after failing to o ...

  21. HMV Japan Auction Begins

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music and books retailer HMV Group Plc is auctioning its Japanese business, with buyout firms among the bidders, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The bidding has started high, at about 10 times core earnings. Japanese bank ...

  22. Fopp Builds Empire On Music Zone

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST British independent music retailer Fopp has bought 67 stores from administrators of the beleaguered Music Zone chain. The outlets, plus Music Zone's headquarters and warehouse in Stockport, England and its warehouse in Denton, have been sold ...

  23. U.K. Retailer Music Zone Enters Administration

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST British music and entertainment merchant Music Zone has entered into administration after succumbing to a "challenging" retail climate. Bill Dawson, partner at accountancy giant Deloitte, has been appointed administrator for the High Str ...

  24. Stock Market Welcomes HMV Group Annual Results

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The stock market reacted positively to annual figures published today (June 28) from London-based HMV Group plc which show the retail giant's sales for the year ended April 30 rose to £1.88 billi The stock market reacted positively t ...

  25. Pryde, Hill Join Brit Retailer Fopp

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following months of speculation, former HMV Europe executives David Pryde and Peter Hill have been appointed directors at Glasgow, Scotland-based independent music retailer Fopp. Following months of speculation, former HMV Europe executives David ...

  26. Pryde, Hill Join Brit Retailer Fopp

    May 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Former HMV Europe execs take director roles. Following months of speculation, former HMV Europe executives David Pryde and Peter Hill have been appointed directors at Glasgow, Scotland-based independent music retailer Fopp. Pryde exited HMV Europe ...

  27. U.K. Groups Launch Awards For Unsigned Acts

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Independent U.K. retail chain Fopp is teaming with the Performing Right Society's PRS Foundation (PRSF) and CD manufacturer Clear Sound & Vision to launch the Unsigned Awards. Independent U.K. retail chain Fopp is teaming with the Per ...

  28. U.K. Retailer Fopp Posts Gains In 2003

    January 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST Independent retailer Fopp buoyed by strong DVD and books performance in December, ends up with year-on-year growth of 57%. U.K. independent retailer Fopp will today announce year-on-year sales growth of 57%. The 14-store chain will report sales of ...

  29. U.K. Retailer Fopp Posts Gains In 2003

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent retailer Fopp will today announce year-on-year sales growth of 57%. The 14-store chain will report sales of £27.5 million ($50 million) for the financial year ending Nov. 30, 2 U.K. independent retailer Fopp will today ...