Retail

European Blu-Ray sales hit 2m

Europe has bought 2.37 million Blu-Ray disks since the format went on sale in 2006, achieving the landmark figure faster than it took standard DVD to when it first appeared in 1997. The news comes just three months after the format broke the one million European sales mark in November …

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Antitrust officials raid Intel and DSG

It has emerged that that The European Commission has conducted antitrust raids on the offices of leading global chip maker Intel and Dixons and PC World owners DSG. To read the full story, head over the MCV’s sister site PC Retail.

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Supermarkets face fresh restrictions

Fresh planning restrictions, designed to stem local dominance of individual supermarkets, is to be unveiled this week, according to the Metro newspaper. The Competition Commission’s chairman, Peter Freeman, has been conducting a two-year inquiry into the grocery sector, which is reportedly worth 95 billion. Freeman is expected to set out …

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US: Mature-rated games on the fall

Whilst the tabloid press may like us to believe that the games industry is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, ESRB stats have shown that Mature rated titles are now accounting for 50 per cent less of the market than they were in 2005. Next-gen quotes ESRB president Patricia …

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UK CHARTS: Wii dominates single format listings

The popularity of Nintendo’s Wii shows no signs of abating in the UK with the machine laying claim to 16 of the top 30 selling individual format games in ChartTrack’s latest unit sales listings. The Wii also claimed 15 of the top 30 selling titles by value. Topping the unit …

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US games retailer heads for UK

After years of speculation, a major US games retailer has finally promised to take on GAME in the UK – and the shock news is it’s not GameStop. Play N Trade, which boasts that it is the fastest-growing specialist chain over the pond, has unveiled a battleplan that could see …

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Tesco to open department store chain

Supermarket giant Tesco plans to build a chain of department stores in town centres across the country, designed to rival the likes of Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and BHS, according to a document obtained by Property Week. The shops will concentrate on non-food ranges such as clothing, homewares and toys. …

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COD4 dev blames piracy for PC decline

Infinity Ward, developer of Call of Duty 4, has cited piracy as the main reason for the decline in PC gaming. Infinity Ward’s community relations manager expressed his amazement in a blog entitled They Wonder Why People Don’t Make PC Games Any More. To read the story in full, head …

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GAME/Gamestation deal cleared but only just

In its final report published today, the Competition Commission has concluded that GAME’s 74 million acquisition of Gamestation may not be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition in the markets for the supply of gaming software, consoles and related accessories in the UK.” But the report reveals …

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Huge Xmas sales leap at GAME

A strong Christmas has topped off what has been a bumper year for UK High Street retailer GAME. For the six weeks ending January 12th, total group sales including those from acquired rival Gamestation were up by 76.3 per cent compared to the same period last year. Like-for-like sales increased …

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