UK games store count plummets

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There are 300 fewer games specialists on the High Street in 2012.

MCV?research has shown the combined number of GAME, HMV and Blockbuster outlets has plummeted from 1,465 to just 1,144.

GAME took the biggest hit, with hundreds of branches closed when the chain went into administration in March.

Conversely, supermarkets keep growing, with Tesco's reach rising to 2,975 stores and Sainsbury's taking its tally to just over 1,000.