Retail

Q4 2008 PC hardware sales show annual rises

UK PC sales in the fourth quarter continued to grow at a rapid pace, despite a rising dollar, on-going recession and stalling shipments worldwide. According to figures released by IDC, more than 3.8 million PCs were sold during the fourth quarter, an increase of 13.3 per cent on the same …

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New Tesco store takes on tech rivals

Tesco has opened its first Superstore branded outlet at the flagship retail development Liverpool One, with the supermarket going head-to-head with other city-centre non-food retailers like Currys.digital and Carphone Warehouse. The 28,600sq ft store opened today (Monday February 16th) and signals the retailer’s move away from only stocking a limited …

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NCsoft profits fall in 2008

Korean MMO specialist NCsoft has recorded a fall in both operating profit and net profit for its 2008 fiscal year, though its results for the final quarter of the year were all positive, leading to a strong outlook for 2009. Fiscal 2008 operating profit fell 15 per cent year-on-year to …

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A4T drops BDA range

Peripherals specialist A4T has dropped the Bensussen Deutsch and Associates (BDA) range from its line-up. The firm has stated that the accessories have been dropped so it can focus on the launch of two new licensed programmes, while the current strength of the dollar compare to the pound has also …

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EUK games boss joins Tesco

EUK’s former games chief John Stanhope has joined Tesco as senior buying manager in the UK – signalling the company’s keenness to get closer to the trade in 2009. Tesco told MCV that the appointment represented its clear ambitions” in the category this year. Stanhope is a very well known …

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January retail figures give room for optimism

The retail figures for January are in and paint a mixed picture, with the good news of an overall like-for-like increase of 1.1 per cent in sales muddied by news that non-food sales slipped 1.6 per cent. Retail Week reports that BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor numbers showed a total sales …

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Namco confirms future for Splatterhouse

Namco Bandai has confirmed that it has taken back Splatterhouse from Californian studio Bottlerocket. To read more, click here to head over to MCV’s sister mag Develop.

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WH Smith to ditch games… but will anyone notice?

The ghost of EUK is still haunting the High Street – with WH Smith this week telling MCV that it is to ditch entertainment products – but it seems there have never been more opportunities for games companies to take advantage of new routes to market. WH Smith, one of …

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Retail games event GamePlan announced

A brand new business-to-business event named GamePlan that is aimed directly at UK retailers is to debut on June 24th in Surrey. The gathering comes after widespread discussions with both UK retailers and games publishers and promises to offer a business environment focusing on one-to-one meetings and an environment where …

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Zavvi redundancies top 1,000

The administrator of Zavvi today announced the immediate closure of a further 17 UK stores, with 242 employees made redundant. MCV understands that brings the total number of people laid off since the firm went into administration to 1,137. Administrator Ernst & Young said it ‘continues to work closely with …

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