300 Jobs Go At HMV

The latest casualties in HMV’s administration are the 300 staff at the entertainment retailer’s 16 Irish stores, which have all been shuttered.

Apparently none of the the outlets were profitable and Deloitte Ireland partner David Carson wasn’t able to find a buyer.
  The 300 people losing their jobs were already on temporary layoff.

“The marketplace is very difficult given competition from web-based retailers and digital downloads,” Carson explained.
“The problems posed by a changed retail landscape was compounded by a number of other factors including high levels of rent,” he said.

HMV Ireland didn’t have a happy ending. A month ago 30 staff from the company’s two outlets in Limerick staged a sit-in when they realized they weren’t getting paid.

The last time they’d had a pay packet was Dec. 21, before the 223-strong retail chain went into receivership.

When they realized their position, the Limerick staff refused to give the company back keys to their outlets.