It appears as though HMV are closing. This is a landmark chain of record retailers in Britain. Almost every town had an HMV store. They had major operations in USA and Canada. Virgin, Tower, Our Price, have all closed. Borders have closed. Almost all of the specialist record retailers have gone. The old days of browsing in your friendly record store have gone. The growth of online stores and digital availability are hastening the demise of the record store. It is been inevitable, but it is quite depressing. It is very difficult for booksellers like Waterstones or Blackwells to compete with Amazon for example. Amazon do not need to keep physical stock in many stores, and pay almost no corporation tax.

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