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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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  • I was desperately looking for Kpop albums in London and at least last year they had some! The prices were of course higher but I was so happy to get my hands on Taeyeon's album right away.  more »
  • A must see in Oxford Street. There are records (only new), various musical gadgets (like t-shirts, also on offer) DVDs, books, etc. ... 3 plans to visit carefully.
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  • I visited the York branch and as I'm in a wheelchair I asked if they had a lift and was told there was no lift I was offered no help what so ever the staff never asked if I waned anything bringing dow...  more »
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  • Bought headphones, no problem. Headphones were faulty, returned them, no problem. No effort to try and find a different set so I just went to Selfridges and bought a pair for £270 instead. £100 more there but they work and the service over there was much more friendly. Sorta disappointed dudes.
  • Ran in as soon as I saw it while visiting London. There were awesome deluxe edition Def Leppard CDs that I never knew existed. Good prices but could be cheaper.
  • Really good place to buy geeky items. Definitely worth stopping by just to have a look at what interesting stuff they're selling.
  • The only place at Oxford with such a big variety of Movies, music, Video games some books. 5/5 easily
  • Best music and movie store around! Great deals, also has quite a lot of funko pops.

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