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HMV Retail Ltd, formerly HMV Group plc, is a British entertainment retailing company operating in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE Fledgling Index. The first HMV branded store was opened by the Gramophone Company on Oxford Street in 1921, and the HMV name was also used for television and radio sets manufactured from the 1930s onwards. The retail side of the business began to expand in the 1960s, and in 1998 was divested from EMI, the successor to the Gramophone Company, to form what would become HMV Group. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) prior to administration was Trevor Moore; he replaced Simon Fox on 3 September 2012.

HMV stands for His Master's Voice, the title of a painting by Francis Barraud of the dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph, which was bought by the Gramophone Company in 1899. For advertising purposes this was changed to a wind-up gramophone, and eventually used simply as a silhouette.

Acquisitions by the HMV Group have included Waterstone's in 1998 from W H Smith[6] (sold in 2011), the music retailer Fopp in August 2007, and selected Zavvi retail outlets in February 2009. The group branched out into live music venue management in 2009 by purchasing MAMA Group, though sold the group in December 2012.

On 15 January 2013, HMV Group entered administration. Deloitte were appointed to deal with the administration of the company. On 16 January 2013, HMV Ireland declared receivership, and all Irish stores were closed. A week later, on 22 January 2013, it was reported that Hilco UK would buy the debt of HMV, a step towards potentially taking control of the company. The sale of HMV's Hong Kong and Singapore business to private equity firm Aid Partners was completed on 28 February 2013. On 5 April 2013, HMV was bought out of administration by Hilco UK for an estimated £50 million.
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  • Time was in the 1980s and 1990s when HMV had two megastores on Oxford Street, Virgin had one and Tower Records an even bigger place in Piccadilly Circus. This was in the heyday of the CD since when th...  more »
  • Could not fault them, went above and beyond to serve my needs. Thank you very much (Exeter and Bristol branches).  more »
  • Busy shop but you can find any kind of music in the world. The prices are good too. Staff are helpful. They often have special events like signings. Watch out for pickpockets.  more »
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  • Really happy with the service. I know nothing about electronics and as a bunch of questions. Always get helpful services. Would be great if staff offered service rather than waiting for you to request it though
  • Another oxford street special of 'Flogging a dead horse'. Rude staff, poor lay out, expensive and full of thieves.
  • Great store! You can find anything and prices are reasonable. However lot of dvd are only in english and without french subtitles. It's a shame !
  • Good range of entertainment materials, the gaming area is slightly too small but the music/film is really nice.
  • One of the landmarks in London shopping tours... Variety, good prices and the fact that this place had a lot to do with the Beatles first recording their hits make this shop one not to be missed... Hope it is there for ever!!!