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The restructuring firm Hilco UK said today there is a "viable underlying" business at HMV after it effectively took control of the failed retailer by purchasing its debt, handing a potential lifeline to the group's survival prospects. Hilco, the owner of Denby Pottery, has acquired all the outstanding debt in HMV from its lenders, including Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland, for nearly £40m but not the business itself.

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HMV rescue bid wins backing of big guns

Global music and film giants have thrown their weight behind a consortium led by Hilco UK, the restructuring firm that is bidding to rescue the entertainment chain HMV out of administration.

Enduring love: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman starred in the 1942 classic

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