Barry Willis

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 01, 2003 0 comments
With few exceptions, 2003 has been a slow year for specialty A/V retailers. In late November, both Ultimate Electronics and Tweeter Group reported disappointing figures for their third and fourth fiscal quarters, respectively. New York's Harvey Electronics, however, posted respectable gains given the stagnant economy.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 24, 2003 Published: Nov 25, 2003 0 comments
The music goes round and round: An investment group led by former Universal Music chief Edgar Bronfman, Jr. is in the lead to acquire Warner Music Group (WMG) and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing from corporate parent Time Warner, according to reports issued the third week of November. Bronfman's group—a consortium of banks and venture capital firms—has offered $2.8 billion for Time Warner's musical properties, possibly forcing prior suitor EMI Group PLC to drop out of the bidding. On Thursday, November 20, EMI chairman Eric Nicoll told reporters that Time Warner had informed his company of "a possible proposal from another party as an alternative to our own firm offer."
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 24, 2003 Published: Nov 25, 2003 0 comments
Consumer electronics stores have long carried computer gear, everything from laptops and desktop systems to software and accessories. Computer stores, led by Gateway Country stores, have slowly been moving in the other direction. Now it looks as if convergence in the retail realm is about to take another great leap forward.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 10, 2003 0 comments
Sony Music Entertainment and Bertelsmann Music Group could soon be one.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 10, 2003 0 comments
National Public Radio is in no danger of going off the air any time in the next century, thanks to a massive gift from the estate of philanthropist Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 03, 2003 0 comments
Each month Sony Corporation announces what seems to be an even more drastic cure for its lingering financial malaise. On Tuesday, October 28, the Japanese industrial giant announced that it would reduce its workforce by approximately 13% over the next three years, cutting some 20,000 workers from its payroll, 7000 of them in Japan.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 27, 2003 0 comments
New York's ailing Bottom Line music club has attracted some heavyweight help. Rock icon Bruce Springsteen and Viacom president Mel Karmazin have joined a campaign begun by New York–based satellite radio service Sirius Radio to save the legendary venue.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 20, 2003 0 comments
Manufacturers and retailers don't expect an upswing in electronics sales next year. That's the consensus of members polled by the Consumer Electronics Association, published in mid-October.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 20, 2003 0 comments
A drop-off in business these days seems to produce one inevitable consequence: a cutback in jobs.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 12, 2003 0 comments
Music industry executives may have a special dread of this year's Halloween festivities.

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