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HMV Group Facts

British multinational entertainment retailing company

  • HMV stands for His Master's Voice.
  • The name is taken from a painting created in 1899 by Francis Barraud of the dog Nipper listening to a cylinder phonograph.
  • The first HMV branded store was opened by the Gramophone Company on Oxford Street in 1921 selling primarily music.
  • HMV was founded in London, England on 20 July 1921.
  • Its headquarters is at Maidenhead, Berkshire.
  • As of 2011, it has 273 stores across 8 countries.
  • The company had 4,350 employees in the UK.
  • On 22 January 2013 it was reported that Hilco would buy the debt of HMV, effectively taking control of the company.
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