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Retail vacancy rate reaches record UK high

Over one-in-ten stores are now standing empty on UK High Streets, the British Retail Consortium has claimed. The organisation’s latest survey pegs national vacancy rates at 11.3 per cent. That’s up 0.4 per cent month-on-month and is the highest rate since the BRC started compiling the data in July 2011. …

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Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Dimensions £19.99 iPhone challenge

It has never been shy of charging top dollar for its iOS games, but Square Enix is to try and push the boat out further still. The publisher has finally confirmed an August 31st Western release date for its episodic Final Fantasy mobile title Final Fantasy Dimensions, which was first …

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GAME stock the centre of huge Monday activity

Retailer The GAME Group is at the centre of some feverous stock market activity today as its day or reckoning rapidly approaches. At the time of writing some 245,717,152 GAME shares have been traded in the last 24 hours. This compares to an average daily trade volume of just 10.9m …

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Apple value reaches yet another all-time high

Apple’s valuation has risen to half a trillion dollars, making it the highest valued business in the world. Share prices surged to $535.41 yesterday after the tech giant teased a potential iPad 3 reveal at a press conference set for next week on March 7th . Data fromBloombergshows that Apple …

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John Lewis eyes more special games shops

The Nintendo Shop at John Lewis Oxford Street could be the first of many, the department store specialist has told MCV. The Nintendo area in its flagship London shop has outperformed John Lewis’ other video gaming departments, the chain’s games buyer Robert Hennessy told MCV. The section launched last year …

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OnLive microconsole heads to retail this year

GAME is set to sell the OnLive microconsole in-store in time for Christmas. Others retailers should begin selling the device in 2012. It’s part of a partnership between the US cloud gaming firm and the retailer. OnLive’s microconsole will also arrive in GAME stores first. Other retailers will be able …

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BP: We could step in if games retail fails

An unlikely outlet says it can fill the void left by failing video game stores. BP – yes, the petrol station – says it is ‘uniquely placed’ to exploit any decline on the High Street. It follows the firm’s success with the Modern Warfare 3 launch, with over 300 BP …

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Battlefield 3 will be ‘standard def’ on HDD-free Xbox 360s

Though Battlefield 3 will undoubtedly offer a real graphical treat, DICE has warned that those without a hard drive on their Xbox 360 will not receive the same visual experience as HDD-owning users. The game gives players the option of installing a hi-res texture pack stored on the second disc. …

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Apple shares reach all-time high

The immediate success of the iPhone 4S saw Apple’s shares reach an all-time yesterday. The tech giant yesterday revealed that it has sold 4m of the new handsets throughout its first three days on sale. That’s nearly twice as many as its predecessor the iPhone 4 sold in the same …

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Nintendo shares drop 83% in under four years

Investors have reacted negatively to Nintendo’s Tokyo 3DS showcase, with the company’s share price falling five per cent overnight. Nintendo yesterday unveiled a host of new 3DS goodies, including a new Pink console SKU for Japan and a Red model for Europe. Key titles such as Super Mario 3D Land …

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