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Video chain Blockbuster goes back into administration

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Troubled video and games rental chain Blockbuster, which was sold to private equity firm Gordon Brothers Europe in March, is facing administration for the second time.

It initially collapsed in January after facing stiff competition from online streaming services such as Netflix and LoveFilm. Poor trading and other problems have led to Gordon Brothers seeking a new buyer for the business.

Gordon Brothers Europe said in a statement that it had "striven to turn around the historically loss-making company by restructuring the business, investing significantly in strategic marketing activities and negotiating with the landlords of its retail outlets".

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It added: "The company also tried to develop a new digital platform but was unable to broker a licensing deal with Blockbuster UK's parent company in the US.

"Regrettably, the months since the acquisition have also coincided with a period of poor trading performance across both rental and retail sales."

There will be be 32 redundancies at Blockbuster's UK headquarters, the company says, but its remaining 264 stores will continue to trade while a buyer is sought.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.