Blockbuster UK goes into administration
Blockbuster, the video and games rental company, has become the latest high street name to collapse into administration.
The rising popularity of internet film rental services like iTunes and Lovefilm have taken their toll on Blockbuster's 528 high street video rental stores, and the company is now loss-making.
The chain's collapse, which puts 4,190 jobs at risk, follows that of music retailer HMV earlier this week and will be seen as yet another sign of the devastating impact of the internet on bricks and mortar retailers.
Blockbuster is owned by the satellite broadcaster Dish Network, which was reported to have put the loss making UK business up for sale last year. It is understood Blockbuster's US and Danish businesses continue to trade as normal.