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This CMU timeline covers the demise of HMV and wider challenges in entertainment retail.
HMV REVIEWED AS SIMON FOX BECOMES CEO
19.07.06 > HMV appoints new top man
12.01.07 > Changes at HMV too – and the MD is going there too
05.03.07 > Major HMV review planned
14.03.07 > HMV announces wide-ranging review
04.09.07 > HMV launches next gen store in Dudley
14.03.08 > HMV revamps and expansion
01.04.08 > HMV to open service station store
23.10.08 > HMV opens next gen store in London
HMV’s DIGITAL EXPERIMENTS
02.11.07 > HMV Digital drops subscription service
28.04.08 > HMV to go DRM free
04.06.08 > HMV launches blogging site
05.09.08 > HMV to launch MP3 store this month
07.11.08 > HMV launches MP3 store
07.09.09 > HMV to close GetCloser
26.07.10 > All new look HMV Digital launches
22.10.12 > HMV piloting third party online marketplace
24.10.12 > HMV Digital becomes part of 7Digital site
UPS AND DOWNS IN FORTUNE
21.12.06 > HMV says trading conditions remain tough
29.06.07 > HMV confirms profits halved last year
07.09.07 > Growth at HMV
13.12.07 > HMV upbeat despite losses
18.01.08 > HMV’s fortunes turn
12.05.08 > HMV financials looking good
26.11.08 > HMV to pass on VAT cut
12.12.08 > HMV posts half year loss
DEMISE OF FOPP: HMV BUYS SOME FOPP STORES
02.07.07 > Fopp goes into administration
23.07.07 > HMV may buy some Fopp stores, and maybe Fopp brand
31.07.07 > HMV buys six Fopp stores
13.08.07 > HMV to acquire original Fopp
DEMISE OF WOOLIES & ZAVVI
27.11.08 > Woolworths goes into administration
28.11.08 > More on Woolies
05.12.08 > Woolworths slashes prices
12.12.08 > Zavvi calls in consultants to deal with financial and supply problems
18.12.08 > Woolies to close in new year
05.01.09 > Retail Doom And Gloom Part One – Zavvi
05.01.09 > Retail Doom And Gloom Part Two – Woolies
05.01.09 > Retail Doom And Gloom Part Three – Any silver lining?
15.01.09 > HMV snaps up 14 Zavvi stores
29.01.09 > More Zavvi stores close
19.02.09 > Zavvi to go, HMV buys more stores, so does a thing called Head
19.10.09 > HMV considering acquiring the flagship Megastore, possibly
DEMISE OF BORDERS UK
24.11.09 > Is Borders on the brink?
27.11.09 > Borders goes into administration
01.12.09 > Borders starts closing down sales
17.12.09 > Borders could be gone by next week
23.12.09 > Borders is no more
FOX PURSUES DIVERSIFICATION STRATEGY
30.04.09 > HMV music sales up, but continue to diversify
29.03.10 > Diversification to continue at HMV > Bring on the catwalk
13.05.10 > The Great Escape – HMV chief on diversification, iTunes and extending his brand
DIVERSIFICATION: 7DIGITAL ACQUISITION
03.09.09 > HMV buys 3.5digital
DIVERSIFICATION: MOVE INTO LIVE VIA MAMA ACQUISITION
15.01.09 > HMV moves into live music with the help of MAMA
16.06.09 > Polydor, HMV and Mean Fiddler collaborate on album launch
11.12.09 > HMV to bid for MAMA Group?
16.12.09 > MAMA Group profits up up up
23.12.09 > HMV makes bid for MAMA
05.01.10 > HMV’s rival bidder for MAMA steps down
02.02.10 > HMV’S MAMA offer now unconditional
01.03.10 > Post-takeover changes begin at MAMA, Driscoll departs
05.03.10 > More MAMA movements
19.05.10 > HMV commercial chief moved into MAMA
MORE UPS AND DOWNS IN FORTUNE
25.02.09 > Traditional music retail continues to decline
30.04.09 > HMV music sales up, but continue to diversify
11.05.09 > HMV launches loyalty card
01.07.09 > HMV reports healthy profits
22.09.09 > HMV to open temporary stores for Christmas rush
15.01.10 > HMV sales up
19.01.10 > Some HMV pop up stores to stay
03.02.10 > Report says City still cautious about HMV future
05.03.10 > Might private equity buy HMV?
30.04.10 > HMV retail sales down
21.06.10 > HMV share price up, are private equity bid rumours credible?
30.06.10 > HMV sees sales and profits rise
10.09.10 > HMV sales down – blame the football, I say
11.11.10 > HMV, vote of confidence from Russian billionaire, new TM for possible fashion future
18.11.10 > HMV to shut one of its Oxford Street stores
SALE OF WATERSTONES AND HMV CANADA
06.07.10 > What will HMV do with Waterstones?
14.12.10 > Russian business man increases HMV stake
01.03.11 > HMV may be considering Mamut’s Waterstones bid
21.03.11 > HMV will propose to banks it sells Waterstones
23.03.11 > More speculation about Mamut HMV bid
28.03.11 > HMV considering sale of Waterstones and Canadian arm
17.05.11 > HMV close to deal on Waterstones sale
20.05.11 > HMV sells Waterstones to Mamut
28.06.11 > HMV sells Canadian stores

23.04.13 > HMV Canada launches download and streaming service
07.06.13 > HMV Canada still doing alright
FINANCIAL PROBLEMS BEGIN
09.12.10 > HMV losses widen
06.01.11 > HMV to close 60 stores as Christmas sales disappoint
19.01.11 > HMV suppliers denied credit insurance
20.01.11 > HMV consults KPMG over debts
01.02.11 > HMV store closures begin
04.02.11 > HMV shareholder asks bankers to review firm’s options
07.02.11 > HMV share price rises amid takeover talk
25.02.11 > HMV’s lenders appointing advisors
02.03.11 > HMV admits it is likely to breach loan covenants
17.03.11 > HMV preparing presentation for banks
18.03.11 > HMV boss insists his company has a future on the high street
05.04.11 > HMV issues new profit warning
11.04.11 > HMV looks to majors for better terms to help with cash woes
31.05.11 > Fox says HMV is back from the brink
06.06.11 > HMV close to securing new loan deal
08.06.11 > HMV secures new loan agreements, but at a cost
FINANCIAL PROBLEMS WIDEN – STORE REVAMPS & GADGETS PUSH
30.06.11 > HMV profits down 61%
09.09.11 > HMV has difficult summer, but Fox still optimistic about store revamp
17.10.11 > HMV in talks to sell 7Digital stake
21.10.11 > HMV launches consumer electronics push
15.11.11 > HMV launches stand alone gadget shop for Christmas
16.11.11 > HMV launches bus stop stores
19.12.11 > HMV publishes gloomy figures, set for first ever year end loss

09.01.12 > HMV sales down as MAMA bidder speculation widens
17.01.12 > HMV to increase music stock
23.01.12 > HMV Group announces new supplier and bank deals to ensure short term survival
03.02.12 > HMV boss confirms less shelf space for games, but still committed to gaming products
08.02.12 > Amazon biggest entertainment retailer in UK, considering physical store in the US
09.02.12 > HMV denies Amazon is now a bigger entertainment retailer
GAME GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION
13.03.12 > Game on the brink
21.03.12 > Game suspends shares
23.03.12 > Editor’s Letter – What would Game’s demise mean for HMV?
FINANCIAL PROBLEMS CONTINUE
01.05.12 > HMV increases entertainment retail market share slightly
08.05.12 > HMV losses set to be higher than predicted
19.06.12 > Restructuring company possibly looking to acquire HMV debt
23.07.12 > Retailers criticise record industry’s release bunching
25.07.12 > Amazon accounts for fifth of UK entertainment retail sales
30.07.12 > HMV seeks to change LSE category
10.08.12 > HMV says it will return to profit after confirming losses
15.08.12 > HMV to open test social store
16.08.12 > HMV changes stock market listing
29.08.12 > HMV phases out loyalty programme in favour of My HMV platform
07.09.12 > HMV shuts one of its Birmingham stores, but no more
24.09.12 > Sales slip further at HMV
25.01.13 > Amazon increases lead in entertainment retail
SIMON FOX DEPARTS
02.08.12 > HMV boss to depart
06.08.12 > HMV finance chief to depart too
03.09.12 > Former HMV CEO to head up Trinity Mirror
SALE OF MAMA
06.01.12 > MAMA bidders in talks with HMV
09.01.12 > HMV sales down as MAMA bidder speculation widens
14.03.12 > MAMA Group sale enters second stage
16.03.12 > HMV responds to MAMA sale speculation, sort of
02.04.12 > Sony reportedly bidding for HMV’s MAMA, as OpCapita buys Game UK
05.04.12 > Key MAMA directors to depart as HMV sale goes through the motions
11.04.12 > SuperVision managers launch new agency
12.04.12 > MAMA managers to join Red Light Management, reports say

03.05.12 > Former SuperVision managers to launch Red Light London
21.05.12 > AEG favourite to get the MAMA Group
23.05.12 > HMV may keep hold of its festivals business for the time being
01.06.12 > AEG buys Hammersmith Apollo from HMV
12.07.12 > HMV shareholders back Apollo sale
03.12.12 > HMV sells MAMA Group
FINAL BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL
12.12.12 > Record companies and DVD firms backing HMV to tune of £40 million
13.12.12 > HMV set to break loan covenants in January
17.12.12 > Wall Street fund looking to force control over HMV
27.12.12 > Universal faces £150 million liability if HMV goes under, says Telegraph
31.12.12 > HMV lenders resisting Apollo approach
VIRGIN FRANCE DECLARES INSOLVENCY
07.01.13 > Virgin France to declare insolvency
09.01.13 > Virgin France to declare itself insolvent today
HMV GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION
14.01.13 > HMV confirms company heading into administration
15.01.13 > ERA and BPI issue statements on HMV administration
16.01.13 > LVCR campaigners say VAT-dodging etailers killed HMV
04.03.13 > HMV debts revealed in Statement Of Affairs
07.03.13 > HMV’s Guernsey company goes into administration
18.03.13 > HMV debts topped £347 million at collapse
05.04.13 > Hilco’s HMV deal announced, some closed stores to reopen
19.04.13 > HMV market share slips 1.5% in administration quarter
FALLOUT AND NEGOTIATIONS
15.01.13 > 7digital boss says HMV administration will not affect business
16.01.13 > Editor’s Letter – Can high street music escape His Master’s Void?
18.01.13 > Indie distributors hopeful that impact of HMV collapse on labels can will be reduced
22.01.13 > HMV accepting gift vouchers again
25.01.13 > WH Smith not interested in capitalising on HMV’s demise
25.01.13 > Joseph buys HMV out of G-A-Y
31.01.13 > Record sales up in January as HMV collapse rallies sales
01.02.13 > HMV administrators negotiate with labels over stock, as 190 staff axed at HQ
18.02.13 > ERA boss reckons more HMVs could close, administrator signs supplier agreements
11.03.13 > WH Smith brings back some CDs, but on a nominal tactical basis
21.08.13 > Unsecured creditors will see nothing from HMV administration
STORE CLOSURES AND JOB CUTS
17.01.13 > HMV shuts Irish stores as Blockbuster UK goes into administration
18.01.13 > HMV staff in Limerick continue sit-in over wages
01.02.13 > HMV administrators negotiate with labels over stock, as 190 staff axed at HQ
01.02.13 > CMU Beef Of The Week #143 > Ex HMV staff v HMV management
04.02.13 > HMV store closures expected this week
07.02.13 > HMV announces 66 store closures
08.02.13 > 60 more execs go at HMV HQ
13.02.13 > HMV confirms Irish stores to stay closed
20.02.13 > HMV announces 37 more store closures
17.07.13 > HMV replacement flips its sign to avoid trademark dispute
BIDDERS COME FORWARD
16.01.13 > Potential bidders come forward for HMV
18.01.13 > Game interested in acquiring some HMV stores
21.01.13 > HMV suppliers back Hilco rescue plan
22.01.13 > Hilco acquires HMV debts
23.01.13 > Hilco hopes to save HMV following debt purchase
24.01.13 > Supermarkets interested in HMV stores not included in Hilco’s rescue plan
06.02.13 > Four supermarkets and pound shops amongst those bidding for HMV stores
27.02.13 > Morrisons buys six HMV shops
28.02.13 > HMV sells Asian shops
12.03.13 > Is ASDA a late bidder for HMV?
21.03.13 > Hilco now the only HMV bidder
HMV SOLD TO HILCO
05.04.13 > Hilco’s HMV deal announced, some closed stores to reopen
05.04.13 > Deloitte and Hilco comment on HMV sale, new CEO announced
THE NEW HMV
10.04.13 > Hidden Nipper in new HMV site
16.04.13 > HMV to shed 400 jobs, reports The Times
08.05.13 > Hilco in talks with former HMV landlords in Ireland
29.05.13 > HMV PR chief moves to BPI
29.05.13 > Hilco to appoint new HMV marketing chief this week
11.06.13 > HMV to return to Irish high street
17.06.13 > HMV could return to its original Oxford Street site
28.06.13 > HMV’s flagship store to become a Sports Direct
04.07.13 > HMV HQ moves
10.07.13 > Tesco now second biggest entertainment retailer as HMV slips
17.06.13 > HMV replacement flips its sign to avoid trademark dispute
07.08.13 > Hilco confirms HMV’s return to original Oxford Street store
13.08.13 > HMV appoints new customer loyalty chief
30.08.13 > HMV brand to expand in Ireland thanks to Xtra-vision alliance
02.09.13 > HMV appoints new marketing boss
27.09.13 > HMV returns to original London store tomorrow
07.10.13 > HMV Chairman shares plans via NME blog post
14.10.13 > Limited edition vinyl giveaways at HMV Oxford Street this week
05.11.13 > HMV relaunches loyalty scheme
02.12.13 > HMV confirms move away from gadgets
07.01.14 > HMV closes stores where more favourable rents not available
13.01.14 > One less store closure for HMV, as last minute deal done with Kettering landlord
08.05.14 > HMV to downsize flagship Glasgow store
22.05.14 > HMV and WH Smith come bottom in high street retailer survey
07.07.14 > HMV doing just fine, says Hilco boss
05.08.14 > HMV increases its market share
01.09.14 > HMV boss remains bullish, says company will outperform Amazon in CD/DVD market soon
30.09.14 > HMV scored profits of £16.7 million in year after administration
NEW HMV HAS ANOTHER GO AT DIGITAL
08.08.13 > HMV appoints new digital man
17.10.13 > HMV launches new download service
22.10.13 > HMV’s new download app removed from Apple store
23.10.13 > ERA supports HMV in Apple squabble
25.10.13 > CMU Beef Of The Week #179 > HMV v Apple
01.11.13 > Cut back HMV app available in Apple store
13.12.13 > HMV Digital app rolls out in Canada
17.02.14 > HMV download app coming to BlackBerrys
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