By Lisa Johnston
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Grapevine, Texas — GameStop said it plans to hire about 17,000 temporary workers this holiday season, comparable to last year.
The No. 1 video game specialty chain is looking to fill positions for sales associates, CE technicians for its refurbishment operation center, and warehouse personnel for its two distribution centers.
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Grapevine, Texas — GameStop’s second quarter profits fell by half, to $10.5 million, and net sales slipped 10.7 percent, to $1.4 billion, as customers waited out the introduction of new gaming platforms this fall.
The No. 1 gaming specialty chain said earnings were better than expected, given the industry pause as Microsoft and Sony prepare for the launch of their next-generation Xbox One and PS4 systems.
Grapevine, Texas — GameStop said its PowerUp Rewards (PUR) members can receive a $50 guaranteed minimum credit for select standard-edition Xbox 360 titles when a member upgrades to the new Xbox One standard version of that title.
Bob Puzon, merchandising senior VP, called the offer an example of how the chain is “helping gamers make the transition to the next generation of consoles economical and seamless.”
Las Vegas — GameStop will hold its second annual Expo gaming show for the public this August, and is promising attendees advanced access to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 next-gen gaming platforms.
The event, an extension of the chain’s annual managers’ conference, is slated for Aug. 28 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center here. General admission is $35 and can be purchased online or at a local GameStop store, and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $90 at GameStopExpo.com.
Grapevine, Texas — Robust growth in its online business couldn’t offset declines in holiday traffic and hardware sales at GameStop.
The world’s largest specialty video game retailer said net sales fell 4.6 percent to $2.9 billion for the nine weeks, ended Dec. 29, 2012, while total comp-store sales decreased 4.4 percent and U.S. comps decline 3.5 percent.
Digital receipts increased more than 40 percent, mobile sales were $76.5 million, and global e-commerce sales increased 20.5 percent during the holiday period.
Grapevine, Texas — GameStop has joined the roster of retailers carrying Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire tablets.
The specialty gaming chain is now selling the 7-inch HD model ($200) in all U.S. GameStop locations, and is offering the 8.9-inch HD version ($300) and basic Kindle Fire ($160) in select stores.