HMV
The deal aims to halve HMV's debts over a period of 3 years; shares rose by 100% in response to the news

HMV and its banks have today agreed a new deal with its suppliers in an effort to reduce the company's debts.

The deal aims to see HMV cut 50% off its debts over a period of three years.

In return, the deal sees suppliers get a 2.5% of shares in HMV.

Last month HMV reported poor sales over the Christmas period, despite opening a new 'Techshop' specialising in gadgets and technology.

HMV's chief executive, Simon Fox, welcomed the new deal with the banks and suppliers: "These developments represent a material improvement in our financial position relative to the statement we made at the time of our interim results."

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The City responded positively to the news with shares in HMV up 100% in a matter of minutes.

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