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TOP 10: This week's biggest stories

Daniel Gumble
TOP 10: This week's biggest stories

As another week draws to a close, we look back at the biggest stories in MI from the past seven days.

Top of this week’s chart is the publication of Gear4music’s unaudited end of year financials. The figures reveal significant growth for the retailer both on home soil and in Europe.

Also popular this week is news that Future Publishing has acquired Blaze Publishing, with each of its music titles and event included in the deal.

Elsewhere, a guitar-themed survey from retailer Dawsons threw up some interesting findings as to musicians’ preferences, while the addition of retail expert and consultant, Corin Birchall, to the MI Expo professional development programme captured the industry’s attention.
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1. Gear4music sales surge revealed in unaudited financial results

MI retail giant Gear4music has reported a significant sales spike of 46 per cent over the past 12 months in its unaudited financial results for the 12-month period ending February 29th 2016.

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2. Future acquires Blaze Publishing

Future Publishing has acquired Blaze Publishing in a deal comprising its full catalogue of music publications and events.

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3. 71% of customers prefer to shop in-store; Fender and Hendrix the ultimate guitar brand and hero, says survey

UK guitar nuts have cited Fender as their favourite brand and Jimi Hendrix as their ultimate guitar hero, whilst also showing a strong preference for physical retail over buying online, a new survey by MI retailer Dawsons has revealed.

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4. MI Expo: Corin Birchall on how to buck high street trends

Retail expert and Roland Planets mastermind, Corin Birchall, will be offering UK dealers some unique insights into how your business can buck high street trends at this year’s MI Expo.

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5. Adam Hall welcomes UK dealers to Barcelona showroom

Last week, Adam Hall welcomed a group of UK dealers to its recently opened Barcelona showroom, offering them a unique chance to get to grips with its latest products and take in a number of live demos.

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6. Korg to present array of new products at MI Expo

Korg will be bringing a raft of new lines from its distributed brands, including Vox and Jupiter Brass, to the MI Expo trade show.

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7. Brexit: Should we stay or should we go?

On Thursday, June 23rd, Britain will be asked a simple question: should the United Kingdom remain in or leave the European Union?

 

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8. ROLI raises $21 million in latest fundraising round

East-London based music Technology firm ROLI has raised $27 million in its Series B fundraising round to help accelerate growth and bring its products to a wider audience.

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9. Hofner unveils white HCT Shorty bass

Hofner has announced the immediate availability of a white version of its famous HCT Shorty bass guitar.

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10. REVIEW: Garritan Personal Orchestra 5

For many bedroom producers and small studio set-ups, being able to obtain a truly great orchestral sound has always come at a price - spending serious money on orchestral samples that eat into valuable disk space being a main issue.

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