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HMV is a 92-year-old music retailer which in January 2013 sought protection from creditors, after seeing its core businesses selling compact discs and digital video disks eroded by online competitors like Apple’s iTunes and Amazon.com. Known worldwide for its ‘Nipper the dog’ trademark, its first store on London's Oxford Street was opened by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921.


New owner AID hopes there may be life in the old HMV dog yet

Kelvin Wu and his colleagues at AID Partners were quick to identify the potential of acquiring the Hong Kong and Singapore shops of the failed music and video retailer HMV.

Like other entrepreneurs, they apparently see opportunity arising out of failure.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 2:13am

New HMV owner sets his ambitions beyond music

The new owner of the Hong Kong and Singapore outlets of the iconic British music retail chain HMV has two targets: to acquire more local rivals and to compete with Apple's iTunes store on the internet.

11 Mar 2013 - 12:11pm

Buyout firm snaps up HMV Hong Kong for a song

AID Partners Capital, a Hong Kong-based buyout firm focusing on the entertainment and media industry, has bought HMV's businesses in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as operating licences for mainland China.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:50am

Elton John has a surprise in store to rescue HMV

The HMV chain of music shops may be thrown a lifeline by Sir Elton John after it emerged that the singer plans to perform in one of the company's British stores. He has suggested that big artists could play a role in keeping Britain's last major music retailer on the high street by playing a series of in-store gigs.

21 Feb 2013 - 2:59am

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23 Jan 2013 - 3:48am

Why it's hard to mourn the loss of HMV

Like a vulture, I swooped through the doors of the HMV shop, ready to devour any clearance specials that might be on offer. Alas, my presumption that the British entertainment retailer's filing for bankruptcy last Tuesday in London would have early knock-on effects in Hong Kong was unfounded.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:53am 1 comment

His master's voucher: HMV exposes the risks of holding gift certificates

Recently Money Post wrote about the terrible value of gift vouchers ("Bottom of the deck", December 31). We were surprised, however, to see our views so quickly validated by news that music retailer HMV is under administration, a form of bankruptcy.

22 Jan 2013 - 1:31pm

A bad week for ..., January 20, 2013


The British chain, one of Hong Kong's biggest music, DVD and game retailers, went into administration in a last-ditch effort to prevent collapse as it risked breaching its bank loan agreements. The financial problems could affect 4,350 staff worldwide - but there were bargains galore for local shoppers, with DVD prices slashed to as little as HK$20.


20 Jan 2013 - 5:30am

Video stores left behind on the digital highway

There was a time when video and music shops were venerable cultural institutions, places to get an entertainment fix, catch up with like-minded souls or just to browse the shelves for some down time. Back in the day - for Hong Kong, the best of times were the 1990s - the stores were big, the laserdisc was king, CDs abounded and customers were many. There was always a long line at the checkout.

17 Jan 2013 - 10:14am