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ERA and BPI issue statements on HMV administration

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The Entertainment Retailers Association and record labels trade body the BPI have issued statements following the announcement that HMV has gone into administration.

Keeping it brief and fairly matter-of-fact, BPI chief exec Geoff Taylor told CMU: “HMV has been an institution at the heart of retailing music for as long as the industry itself. Consumer demand for CDs remains significant. The administrators have indicated that they intend to continue running the business, so we hope they can find a long-term solution that keeps the stores open and saves jobs”.

Meanwhile, going into more depth and also calling on the appointed administrator, Deloitte, to ensure that HMV remained a going concern, ERA Director General Kim Bayley said: “No one can say this is a surprise, but it is still a shock. HMV has been part of the fabric of the music and entertainment business for decades. But there are signs that this may not be the end of the story. It would be wrong to underestimate the affection which HMV is held by consumers and the determination of music and video companies to see HMV survive in some form.

“We know there is consumer demand – in a poll last year HMV was ranked in the top ten of the stores people most want to see on their High Street. Data suggests they generated 170 million in-store visits last year and another 40 million online. At the same time both music and video companies are painfully aware of the consequences of losing a retailer responsible for around a third of UK physical music and video sales. We have to hope they will not stand by and watch HMV go down”.

“There has been much misinformation published in the past 24 hours about the relative strength of physical and digital entertainment formats. Physical formats like CDs and DVDs still account for three quarters of the entertainment market. In other words HMV going from the high street is in the interests neither of consumers nor of suppliers. For their part, our members – although competitors of HMV – have been quick to express their support”.

“We believe it is possible for the administrators to rescue something out of this situation. There is a precedent that you can streamline your costs and in particular the number of stores a chain trades from and still retain the bulk of sales – that’s precisely what happened with Game. There is clearly is a viable business model for an entertainment retailer on the UK High Street. It is up to the administrators now to do their job and take the steps necessary to make it possible”.

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