Game trumpets record results

The UK retailer sees share price spike after it reports a 156 percent increase in profits.

The year 2007 was good for gaming, with the likes of Super Mario Galaxy, BioShock, Guitar Hero III, and Portal providing top-notch experiences for gamers of all tastes. Such a breadth of titles, coupled with a price drop for Microsoft's Xbox 360, improving stock levels of Nintendo's Wii, and the launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 all amounted to a bumper fiscal 2007 for British high street retailer Game. Chief executive officer Lisa Morgan described the results as "a record year for the group."

Game, which billed itself as the UK's biggest games retailer even before its merger with Gamestation was green-lighted in January, reported that it has boosted profits, total sales, and like-for-like sales by impressive margins. The company also grew from 817 to 1,170 stores, in five different countries. As well as various internal changes, the company stated in its preliminary results for fiscal 2007--the 12 months to January 31, 2008--that one of the factors behind its forward march was, "The Nintendo Wii and DS Lite... broadening the appeal of video games."

The retailer today reported that, excluding a £7.1 million ($14 million) charge related to the Gamestation acquisition, it saw its profits more than double year on year. Excluding these costs, and before tax, Game's profits were up 156 percent to £75.5 million ($149 million), with sales up 86 percent to £1.491 billion ($2.951 billion). Game's e-commerce arm also gave sales a healthy boost, with turnover from its online shop increasing 147 percent year on year.

Signs for 2008 are also good for the retailer. Like-for-like sales are up 20 percent year on year for the 13 weeks to April 26, despite the fact that the PlayStation 3 launched in the UK in that period last year. The company plans to continue its aggressive expansion, with "around 100" store openings planned for this fiscal year, with, "key focus on France, Spain, and Australia." Discussing the outlook for the next year, Game CEO Lisa Morgan picked out the launches of Wii Fit, Super Smash Bros., GTAIV, Lego Indiana Jones, and Rock Band as titles likely to keep the retailer's results heading in the right direction.

The stock market reacted very positively to these results, with the share price peaking at 274p ($5.40) in the first hour of trading on the London Stock Exchange, a rise of 8.7 percent compared to yesterday's closing price of 252p ($4.99). At time of writing shares were 266p ($5.25).

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42 comments
jackc1990
jackc1990

I work in GAME myself and I LOL at some of the hate going on here. First of all, I LOL at how you judge EVERY store by the one or two in your area. I also find it funny how you just generalize every store. Also, student discount is available, so whoever is saying no is really not being honest. Ok so it's not the cheapest retailer, but so what. In the store I work in, the trade in values are much higher than our gamestation just about 10 seconds walk away. So the reason for the higher price is that. "Asdas are cheaper" well of course they are, not only do they not trade in games but they make their money on groceries and other goods so they can afford to lower the price. And someone said about "It was better when you could take your games back within 10 days if you didn't like them" Yeah, and how many people do you think came back saying they didn't like it when really they just copied it or completed it. Most of the people here are just naive. But really, if the GAME store in your area is bad, fine, but don't generalize it everywhere else.

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

GAME are the EA of retailers if you ask me ;)

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

What do you expect they now own GameStation and there prices are worse for new condition games £50 for PS3 so are GAME for pre-owned games like COD4 at GamStation it's £38 but you'll get £28 trade in. The UK gamers get proper conned in the trading in section I marked the back of my COD4 case when I traded it in at GameStation went the next day it was £38.

kineas454
kineas454

Seeing as I got -3 for my Game is good comment, let's see the rating for my Game phails comment. They are a bit anal with some games, I went to buy DMC 4 special edition from them, and they wouldn't let me as I didn't pre-order it so I had to have the normal version. There's are a lot of exclusive special/collectors edition only at Game, whcih is them trying to make everyone only buy games from them.

BloodofZodiac
BloodofZodiac

GAME annoyed me a lot over the GTA thing, I was lucky enough to preorder but some my friends weren't and seeing as how GAME decided to bundle a lot of their limited stock of GTA IV to things that most 360 owners don't need such as an extra controller, they ended up paying more for the standard edition of the game. You can check online now, the GTA 4 standard edition is out of stock, however if you buy the one that's bundled with the controller you can have it dispatched within 24 hours.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

killeryoda85: your suprised? Of course you wouldnt mess around with games.. you have customers to serve. Its like working at Mc Donalds and expecting to eat all the food.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

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AriotUK
AriotUK

--killeryoda85-- I used to work for Game and thought it would be just messing around with games all day! NO NO! its stocking shelves and serving customers all day. you get to learn NOTHING about games. rubbish Wow point proved in less than one minute. Your job is not to play games, it is to provide the best customer service possible and help people get their purchases in a speedy manner whilst ensuring there is enough stock (that is clearly presented and inviting) to customers. If everyone thinks like you, no one this company is such a shambles.

AriotUK
AriotUK

GAME is in a high-street monpoloy position now and I am in disbelief the Competition Commission did not act when they bought out Gamestation. Other people may well sell game but few people go there. All is not lost because in GAME's arrogance, they are not the cheapest on the high street by a long way - pop into ASDA for many examples of cheaper games. The problem is that GAME has huge purchasing power and will get a lot more copies of a game - I suppose people think this is where to go because they will have stock. The Bluewater stores are a shambles: there are consistent and slow queues every Saturday and an untidy, disorganised look to the stores. Some of their 3 for 2 offers on older PS2 and Xbox media aren't bad at all but that's only because they don't realise they have some huge gems there because they are so focused on the Big New Games.

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

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killeryoda85
killeryoda85

I used to work for Game and thought it would be just messing around with games all day! NO NO! its stocking shelves and serving customers all day. you get to learn NOTHING about games. rubbish

Pete5506
Pete5506

Lets just hope this is all for the best

xatman911
xatman911

I prefer game online... more variety.

MotownJunk
MotownJunk

I work in Game, so this is good for me makes sure I stay in a job. I really enjoy my job and I have a good gaming knowledge, although I must admit most of my work mates have no real idea.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

lower prices in asda thats asda price lol only i am not gonna smack my pocket now. did not realize they had merged with gamestation.

Beeker1
Beeker1

Game was better when you could take back you're game in under 10 days and get full cash back but still a good games store

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Nice to hear. game really are the best i wouldn't buy from anyone else at the moment gamestation seem to have gone down hill at the moment.

kineas454
kineas454

Game really is the best. The thing with Gamestation, the stores are always tucked away in the corner of a town centre, whereas you'll get around 2 Game's right there on the high street. Supermarkets really do sell games cheaper and break even just to get the customers in their store. I'm a regular at my local Game, and the staff are always talking to me about new games that are coming out, and generally making me feel welcome. Gamestation staff just bum around in the back room, and put cashier names such as "Pwnt" on your receipts.

Ricksterlau
Ricksterlau

Never again will I buy *anything* from GAME. If I was to write a list of reasons why, it would be way too long for anybody to read through however I can highlight a few points. A) Bad staff attitude. B) Relatively more expensive items compared to other in-store retailers. C) Disgracefully low trade-in prices to scam the less knowledgeable gamers. Seriously, places such as HMV or Zavvi (Virgin) offer *much* better prices (even if its a few pounds less, everything counts!) Not to mention better staff service. And if you're a student like I am, you'd get 10% off - which GAME does not appreciate nor accept. Lastly, if you wanted to trade-in games? Well, there's always Ebay but I prefer CEX which offer considerably better prices.

ColdRush88
ColdRush88

Good for them. Game has officially been my favourite shop ever since opened where I live years ago. :D I only buy games and/or consoles elsewhere if Game doesn't have it in stock. :D I love their reward card scheme too.

bobbetybob
bobbetybob

Good for them, I buy any games I get now from them, Gamestation seem to be rubbish lately, even on trade ins's. I also prefer the actual stores over Gamestations. Just joined LOVEFiLM now though, so all my games will be rented now, it's just too expensive to buy a new game every month, when I could pay half the price and play like 5 or 6.

Sannerkind
Sannerkind

Yeah I have high hopes for this years games! Beside GTA 4, I hope Fable 2 lives up to the hype.

LusterKaizer
LusterKaizer

I can tell you the reason why the games are so much more expensive then like a supermarket is firstly, distributors take advantage of the fact that GAME only sell videogames normally charging them more then other stores such is the case with EA who charge GAME more to buy their games so we make less profit, as a way of striking back GAME have removed any advertising of EA games and you'll find most of there games well above standard price (£49.99 for XBOX 360 and PS3 games as well as PSP games hitting £34.99), one other thing you have to consider is a store like ASDA will never recieve as many copies of the games as GAME would do and they are normally prepared to break even when selling the game simply because they sell so much other stuff...GAME only sells games...

The_Pro_310
The_Pro_310

Today GAME were selling GTA IV for £45. ASDA was selling it for £37 :o

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onlineps2player

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biggs92--
biggs92--

I most but 8 out of 10 things on online stores anyway. The annoying thing is that Game can be selling something £15 cheaper online then in store, thats why i end up preordering games online at the cheapest price i can find.

onlineps2player
onlineps2player

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jcardiff
jcardiff

it's no surprise game are making so much profit when they have bought one of their main competitors and the highly dubious sales tactics they employ, ie wii consoles only selling in overpriced packages, only today they were refusing to sell gta4 to x360 customers unless they bought £30 upwards of other stuff. What does surprise me is the fools out there willing to be fleeced like this.........

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

What is also a fact is that Game has shrunk shelf space for PC games by nearly 2/3rds in just the last year. And to answer replies pointing out PC game online sales, my response will be: So only PC games sell more online, but all the other formats are selling more in Game, hence the increase sales and not selling more online....!? Well, you'd have to persuade me why only PC games are selling online and not in retail stores and all the console titles are not being bought online but in retail!

steven141
steven141

Awesome, good to see hear that games are becoming more appealing. Im curious as to why gamespot state 274p and not £2.74

mknott31
mknott31

I'm in the same boat as you Serious06.... I am counting down the minutes!

Her0
Her0

that was expected, no surprise for me!

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

This year will be good with many upcoming titles such as GTA 4, Fable 2, GOW 2 (drooool) and Resistance 2, but i still think that it won't top last year,there were just so many new, fantastic titles including Bioshock, Portal, WiC etc as well as the rise of the Wii, the arrival of the PS3 and Microsofts omnipresence, and this is all likely to continue this year, so roll on this year.

Serious06
Serious06

gta is so awesome. i cant wait to get home from work and play it. i got it last night at midnight but barely played it.

CornishRocker
CornishRocker

I'm not surprised tbh. This year will be good for gaming I reckon.

Stabby
Stabby

GTA is selling out in some stores and theres more AAA titles to come.