Retail

John Lewis plots games expansion

Department store giant John Lewis is planning to boost its games offer ahead of the Christmas period, MCV can reveal. The development follows news that John Lewis will invest 6 million in 30 new standalone stores that will focus on its home and electrical lines, with the first new store …

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DSGi sells Hungarian stores for 1

Currys and PC World owner DSGi has sold off all nine of its Hungarian stores, which operate under the Electro World brand, for just €1 – a move that mirrors the recent sale of many of its Scandinavian outlets. However, unlike the Swedish and Finnish sell-off – which resulted in …

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Konami annual sales rise 4.2%

Success in Europe has seen Konami post a year-on-year net revenue rise of 4.2 per cent. The firm’s sales stand at 309,771 million (2.39 billion Euro), with sales of Metal Gear Solid and PES 2009 boosting the company’s performance. However, ‘extraordinary losses’ in the firms Health and Fitness sector have …

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HMV launches new customer reward scheme

UK entertainment retailer HMV has launched an interesting new customer loyalty scheme that offers members the chance to snap up a range of limited edition or hard to find items not available on the High Street. Following a successful trial in the West Midlands and East Anglia, Pure HMV is …

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NCsoft income rockets 315%

MMO publisher NCsoft has banished the memories of a financially challenging 2008 with an impressive start to 2009 – net income for the quarter ending March 31st was up 315 per cent year-on-year, reaching $27m. Operating income jumped 128 per cent at $34.3m, whilst sales hit $107.7 per cent – …

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2K Play reveals Its My Birthday for Wii

There’s a whole new market out there ready and waiting for those able to think outside of the box – and seemingly that’s exactly what 2K Play has done with its new Wii title It’s My Birthday. Getting older is about to become a lot more fun,” 2K Play’s vice …

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PC receives high-profile backing from EA

Whilst High Street sales of PC software can paint a picture of decline, the un-monitored online revenues coming from the format are drastically increasing – a fact that helped EA enjoy a strong performance on the format last year. VG247 points out that EA released 32 PC games in its …

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RETAIL BIZ: FUEL

Click here to view the latest additions to the RETAIL BIZ previews section, offering a guide to some of the most promising titles coming out in May. Codemasters’ high-octane racer FUEL is in pole position this week, bringing gamers 5,000 square miles of varying and challenging terrain to master. The …

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Home Retail Group profits fall by 24%

Home Retail Group has seen its profits slashed by a quarter, as the recession hits its Argos and Homebase brands. Profits at the group fell to 328m for the year to February 28th. However, the group recorded a loss of 402m due to write downs of 694m and what it …

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Apple silencing game devs

Apple’s current stance in the digital mobile content market is, by most measures, as close to a monopoly as you can find in the modern games industry – and whilst credit must go to Apple for the success it has created, questions are being asked about how healthy the situation …

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