Business restructuring company Hilco is set to acquire HMV after reportedly taking control of the struggling British retailer's debt . According to the Financial Times
, people familiar with the situation report Hilco took on the debt today, estimated three months ago to be around $279 million. If the reports are accurate, Hilco, already appointed yesterday as advisors to administrators Deloitte, have effective control of the ailing company.
HMV went into administration
last week after failing to secure $483 million in additional financing against debt, leaving the company in need of a buyer, with around 4350 jobs in the balance. HMV's troubles headline a sorry month for British game retail after Play.com announced
the closure of its retail arm, and Blockbuster UK also went bust
, with 160 of its stores being closed as it too seeks a buyer.