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Retailer punts new videogame 'rentals' for a fiver

High street retailer Game introduced a scheme today which allows customers to rent videogames for a fiver - provided they return the title within two weeks. The Game "Fun for a Fiver" offer kicks off today and runs until the end of February. Punters that buy selected titles will be able to hand the game back within two weeks …
Caleb Cox, 26 Jan 2012
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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

High street retailer Maplin will be stocking NFC tags, surely demonstrating that the technology is mainstream even if no one is quite sure what it's for. The tags, which  come from RapidNFC, are supplied in packs of twelve which retail at £9.99. That's a £1.70 premium on the manufacturers price of £8.29 but the manufacturer …
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2013

Have PIXmania. In fact, have £59m with it too, Dixons tell German VCs

Dixons Retail has forked out £59m to convince German venture capitalist mutares AG to take loss-making web shop PIXmania off its hands. And so ends the retail firm's costly flirtation with the online gadget souk seven years after it coughed €266m for a 77 per cent stake in the biz and a little over a year after it bought the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2013
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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

The words "espresso" and "cappuccino" are too confusing for customers, says high-street retailer Debenhams. The department store chain will instead introduce moron-friendly descriptions, such as "frothy coffee", in its 160 cafes. Out go several descriptions it deems too "fancy" - even "tall" and "grande" have been slung out, the …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Nov 2012
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Game chain sold

UK High street retailer Game has been acquired by Comet owner OpCapita. The Game Group's administrator, PwC, yesterday said it had agreed to sell the troubled company's UK business to Baker Acquisitions Ltd, an entity overseen by OpCapita, for an undisclosed sum. The move takes The Game Group's UK operation out of …
Caleb Cox, 02 Apr 2012
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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

The last stores of the once mighty High Street giant Comet are to close by tomorrow but the saga looks set to continue, with taxpayers potentially having to step in to cover redundancy costs. Administrative receiver Deloitte, called in by the ailing retailer's parent Hailey Acquisitions Ltd on 2 November, had been holding talks …
Paul Kunert, 17 Dec 2012
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Game to lure customers with free Wi-Fi

Troubled high street retailer Game is attempting to get customers back into its stores by offering them free Wi-Fi access. The gratis wireless internet will be delivered through a new partnership with BT, and will be rolled out in Game stores by Christmas. Game also touted a new, free smartphone app which will allow punters to …
Caleb Cox, 17 Sep 2012
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Game Group shares slide under a penny

High street retailer Game has put itself up for sale after shares plunged to a penny this morning amid concern over the company's future. Game Group PLC's gloomy Monday morning saw its stock open at 1.75 pence, down from 3.51 pence when the market closed on Friday. A few minutes later and it plummeted further, continuing the …
Caleb Cox, 12 Mar 2012
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Game closes 277 stores

High street retailer Game's administrators started the company shakedown in frantic fashion today, announcing the immediate closure of 277 stores in the UK and Ireland, and suspension of refunds and exchanges, store credit and the company's Reward card scheme. While points can still be earned through purchases in Game's …
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Game turns back on Mass Effect 3

High street retailer Game has revealed it will not be stocking EA's upcoming mega-release, Mass Effect 3. "We currently have a supply issue with regards to Mass Effect 3, which means that Game and Gamestation will not be able to fulfill orders for Mass Effect 3 at this time. We want to give customers as much notice about this as …
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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Game CEO steps down

High street retailer Game formally entered administration this morning. The first casualty of the move: CEO Ian Shepherd resigned from his role. “I’ve said a number of times that the administrator, once appointed, take charge of the business,” said Shepherd in memo to staff. “Having two people try to do that is both confusing …
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Game files for administration

High street retailer Game has officially filed for administration, although trade will continue while the process is finalised. "Further to this morning's announcement of the suspension of trading in shares of Game Group Plc, the board has concluded that its discussions with all stakeholders and other parties have not made …
Caleb Cox, 21 Mar 2012
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Apple retail boss Browett bags $1.74m of shares

The allure of leading Apple's store strategy, coupled with a generous restricted stock package of 100,000 shares, currently valued at $623 a unit, saw Browett flee the CEO's office at Dixons Retail in January. In the SEC document, Apple revealed the Brit received 5,000 shares but 2,159 were sold for tax withholding purposes. He …
Paul Kunert, 24 Oct 2012
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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

Elite co-creator and Raspberry Pi backer David Braben reckons the secondhand games market is detrimental to the development of core-gamer and single-player titles because most retailers won't give them long-term sales support. "I know publishers who stopped games in development because most shops won't reorder stock after …
Caleb Cox, 20 Mar 2012
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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

Microsoft has accused high-street retailer Comet of pirating 94,000 Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs and selling them to consumers. The software giant announced this morning that it had filed a suit against Comet Group PLC, accusing the group of manufacturing counterfeit discs at a factory in Hampshire and selling them …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jan 2012
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John Lewis touts own-brand broadband

The British middle classes' favourite high street retailer, John Lewis, is renowned for its customer service. Britain's ISPs are not renowned for their customer service, although sometimes they are fast and often they are cheap. So one can see why John Lewis thinks it will make a significant splash with this week's own-brand …
Drew Cullen, 21 Apr 2012
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3DS discount sparks retail price war

The Nintendo 3DS price war kicked off today in anticipation of tomorrow's global trade price reduction, with the handheld now being offered as low as £115. The company has slashed the 3DS price by around a third, after a failure to meet initial sales targets. While the cuts have already come into effect in Japan, the rest of the …
Caleb Cox, 11 Aug 2011
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OnLive pushes game stream service to UK punters

Cloud-based game service OnLive opened its gates to the UK public this morning, providing access to over a hundred titles and offerings exclusive deals for punters with BT internet connections. The service has been active in the US since June 2010. To date, UK players have had access to the service through its US servers, and …
Caleb Cox, 22 Sep 2011
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Struggling tech resellers face winter of annihilation

Reseller insolvencies are predicted to remain at record highs during the December quarter as the UK economy hangs on the edge of a second recession. As exclusively revealed by El Reg in the summer, Graydon stats showed that 175 channel firms went to the wall in the first half of 2011, up 43 per cent on a year earlier, reaching …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2011
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Orange to launch mobile games store with HMV

Orange and high-street retailer HMV will next week launch what they claimed is a first for a UK mobile phone operator: an online games download store for Java-enabled phones. The ship will be branded "HMV Mobile Games" and be tagged as "powered by Orange". Even so, it will be open to gamers who use any of the other networks. …
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2010
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PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

DSGi is betting big on Windows 7 sales with a special promotion clearly designed to convince more customers to visit the firm’s not exactly bustling PC World stores. From tomorrow PC World will be offering up to £100 off to anyone who trades in an old, working laptop for a Windows 7 machine. The High Street retailer’s computing …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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Dell does a Chrimbo deal with John Lewis

Dell has inked a deal with high street retailer John Lewis to exclusively punt its range of ultra-thin Adamo XPS laptops. Financial details of the agreement were kept secret. Dell made a big song-and-dance about how John Lewis would be selling the Adamo XPS laptop to customers in time to slot it into their loved ones' Christmas …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Dec 2009
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Dial-a-phone 4u?

Phones 4u is buying Dial-a-phone, marking a significant expansion of the high-street retailer into direct sales via phone and on-line. Dial-a-phone runs a couple of websites and a phone-line ordering service out of Kentish Town and Northampton. Its 300 staff sold over 120,000 contracts in 2007. But that's small potatoes to …
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2008
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Call of Duty kicks Grand Theft Auto at awards night

Winning an Oscar’s the pinnacle for actors and their films, but the videogame industry’s finest were recognised in London last night at the British Academy Video Games Awards. One of the night’s biggest losers was Register Hardware favourite Grand Theft Auto IV. It went away empty handed, despite being nominated in several …
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2009
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Phones 4 O2

High-street retailer Phones 4u and operator O2 have patched up their differences and will be working together again come December, though O2 claims this was always part of their plan. O2 dropped Phones 4u early this year, focusing on their relationship with Carphone Warehouse as part of a trend which seemed to see network …
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2007
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Orange hears his master's voice

Orange has signed a deal with HMV to put franchise operations into the high-street retailer's stores, emphasising how much mobile telephony has encroached on the media industry. The deal puts what Orange calls "show and sell" spaces into HMV shops, where Orange staff can demonstrate to punters why they don't need a dedicated MP3 …
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2009
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Microsoft goes retail with own shops

Microsoft is following Apple's lead by opening its own retail stores. The software giant has named David Porter as corporate vice president of retail stores, whose first order of business will be to define locations, time frames, and specifics for a series of Microsoft-branded retail stores. Porter was head of worldwide product …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Feb 2009
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Ofcom slaps down Phones4U

UK regulator Ofcom has completed an investigation into miss-selling at Phones4U, and concluded that the high street retailer had concocted terms and conditions that were illegal, as well as giving potential customers bad advice. The investigation was opened in May in response to complaints from the public and in conjunction with …
Bill Ray, 10 Nov 2008
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Phones 4u accused of misleading customers

Responding to a "large number of complaints from consumers", Ofcom has opened an investigation into high-street retailer Phones 4u's selling practices to make sure it's playing by the book. Selling mobile phones is a very competitive business, and with sales staff paid a commission which varies between contracts supplied, it's …
Bill Ray, 15 May 2008
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M&S site falls over

Marks & Spencer extends its "One Day Christmas Spectacular" offer into a second day after its website went belly up during its pre-Xmas sale. The struggling high street retailer had tried to drum up trade with a 20 per cent-off bonanza in its stores and on its website yesterday. But so many people responded online yesterday, …
Tim Richardson, 03 Dec 2004

Argos admits selling Halo 3 early

Argos has admitted breaking the official release date for Halo 3. The UK high street retailer coughed to the goof after lucky gamers reported getting their mitts on copies of the game before the scheduled release date next week. Halo 3 Public Beta gameplay movie at Gametrailers Microsoft's Halo 3: tipped to be a Christmas …
James Sherwood, 19 Sep 2007
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Sony PSP UK release slips to August?

Amazon.co.uk still lists the UK debut of the Sony PlayStation as 24 June 2005, but that date was called into question today. If High Street retailer Dixons' PSP pre-order service is anything to go by, the eagerly anticipated handheld console will not appear here until August. The Dixons service, launched today, is offering up …
Tony Smith, 19 Apr 2005
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Woolies enters home software market

Woolworths, the UK-based family and entertainment retail behemoth, is set to release its own range of home PC software. The firm has teamed up with white label software developer Formjet Innovations to offer seven software products including word processing, internet security, anti-virus, and "edutainment" packages. Formjet …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2007
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Woolworths.co.uk collapses under mispriced TV rush

The UK website of the high street retailer Woolworths, fell over today as British punters rushed in to place orders for ultra cheapo LCD TVs. For a few hours, all LCD TVs were offered on the site for £150 - the going rate for a Sharp 42" LCD TV is around £ 1500. Woolworth LCD pricing snafu No it wasn't an unnannounced pre- …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2006
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Curry's 'latest AMD CPU' ad misled viewers

UK high street retailer DSG, owner of the Dixons and Curry's store chains, has been slapped on the wrist by advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for claiming a £499 PC contained "the latest 64-bit AMD processor" when... er... it didn't. The offending ad was broadcast on TV in December 2005 to promote a …
Tony Smith, 08 Feb 2006
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Weak consumer spending hits Dixons

Dixons has been hit by weaker consumer spending and warned of tough times ahead, the high street electrical retailer said today. In the six months to the end of April like-for-like sales in the UK - with stores including Currys, Dixons, PC World and The Link - fell two per cent. Demand for gear such as flat screen TVs helped …
Tim Richardson, 11 May 2005
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Comet to make 'small loss'

There was more depressing news from the high street today as Kesa Electricals - Europe's third largest electrical retailing group - reported that its Comet chain is expected to make a small loss for the first half of the year. Sales for the three months to the end of April at UK-based Comet dipped 1.6 per cent to £316.7m with …
Tim Richardson, 25 May 2005
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Major High St firm to out-Tiny Tiny

A major UK retailer is set to out-do Tiny by offering ISDN on free PCs. That follows the news that Tiny had negotiated a deal to offer so-called "free PCs" as part of a deal with a major telecomms supplier. Our source, who definitely did not wish to be named, said that the High Street retailer will trump Tiny's offer over the …
Mike Magee, 16 Jul 1999
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World Online lands on Freeserve's doorstep

World Online is taking a leaf out of Freeserve's book with a free CD distribution strategy through an as yet unnamed High Street retailer. The company, which purports to be Europe's biggest ISP, is targeting punters in the 15-34 age bracket in the retail promotion. An advertising campaign featuring Christopher Reeves (aka …
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GUS boss bags £1.61m bonus

The chief exec of Great Universal Stores (GUS) earned £1.61 million last year. John Peace got a £683,000 long-term incentive super bonus to boost his pay packet from the basic £564,000 salary, £344,000 regular bonus, and tax benefits of £17,000. Peace's fat super bonus was due to the performance of Experian, the GUS-owned …
Robert Blincoe, 04 Jul 2001
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Boots boots Boots off boots.com

The Boots Company - parent of high street retailer Boots The Chemist - is in the middle of a messy custody battle over who owns the domain Boots.com. Last week the Nottingham-based retailer seized control of boots.com after purchasing it "for a modest sum" from the Crown. The Boots Company believed the domain was "for sale" …
Tim Richardson, 20 Nov 2001
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Napster to announce 'partnership' with NTL

Napster is to announce a tie-in with UK cableco NTL, a well-placed industry source claims. The arrangement could be made public this week, possibly as early as tomorrow when Napster will reveal the precise date for its UK launch. Details of the NTL deal remain unclear, but it's likely to centre on a joint marketing programme, …
Tony Smith, 19 May 2004
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E-sales jump at GUS

GUS, owner of Argos, is the latest UK high street retailer to report a good December quarter. The mass marketer also did well on the ecommerce front, today reporting Q3 sales of &163;48m, two-thirds up on the same period in 2000. Unfortunately (for us), the company did not break-out revenues for separate businesses. It would …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jan 2002
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Boots boots out bootsphoto.com

Boots has closed the shutters on its online photo service - bootsphoto.com - with the loss of around £17.5 million. The service was launched in September last year but demand for the online album service and related online products never materialised, the high street retailer says As a result, bootsphoto.com is expected to …
Tim Richardson, 24 Sep 2001
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Argos re-stocks GameCube after price cut

Major UK catalogue and Sigh Street retailer Argos has re-introduced Nintendo's GameCube to its range several months after dropping it, with newspaper advertisements promoting the console at its new price point. Argos had initially dropped the GameCube earlier this year after deciding that sales of the console were not high …
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John Lewis goes for Dixons' jugular

John Lewis is really not happy about the upcoming exclusive supply agreement between Packard Bell and Dixons. It's not that keen on the same agreement that the high street retailer has with Compaq, either. It threatened it would get legal and it has. Enlisting Tempo on its crusade, it has complained to the Office of Fair …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2000
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Dixons stunts DVD market, ex-Intelers claim

Dixons has been accused of inflating prices -- again. This time, the high street retailer is being blamed for the lack of interest in DVD (digital versatile disc) technology because it is charging too much for titles. Bryan Welsh, MD of online retailer DVDplus, believes that manufacturers and retailers have a responsibility to …
Tim Richardson, 03 Dec 1998
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Accountancy firm fails piracy audit

A British accountancy firm has been fined for software piracy after an informant squealed to the BSA. Watford-based JSA Services was fined 47,000 after it admitted having unlicensed software on its company network. The informant stands to pocket the biggest reward yet from the BSA - 4700 - along with the satisfaction of bringing …
Linda Harrison, 05 May 2000
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BT names Danon successor

BT group finance director Ian Livingston is to replace BT Retail chief exec Pierre Danon, who leaves the telco next year. Livingston, 40, has been a member of the telco's board since April 2002. Before joining BT he was FD at high street retailer Dixons. The job of Group FD goes to Hanif Lalani, 42, who is currently CFO of BT …
Tim Richardson, 10 Dec 2004
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Freeserve's mouse mat gets wired

Freeswerve's launched a new gadget just in time for Christmas that it claims offers a revolutionary way to access the Net. The Freeserve First Click Internet Power Pad combines pre-programmed buttons and smart card technology to create a wired mouse mat that's more than just a pretty picture. The buttons offer shortcuts to …
Tim Richardson, 07 Nov 2000