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GameStop concludes fiscal year with net loss, CEO calls 2012 a 'challenging year'


GameStop announced the results of it 2012 fiscal year (ending Feb. 2, 2013) today, with revenues of $403 million, which is slightly down from the $405.1 million in fiscal 2011. Due to "restructuring, impairment and debt retirement expenses of $680.7 million primarily related to goodwill impairment," the company saw a net loss of $269.7 million (2011: net earning of $339.9).

"While 2012 was a challenging year for console gaming, we focused on factors within our control. We expanded our market leadership position, maintained our financial strength and controlled our spending," said CEO Paul Raines in a company statement. "Perhaps most importantly, we invested in our mobile and digital businesses to position the company for future success. These channels delivered as planned and significantly contributed to our highest ever gross margin and profitability."

Short version: Gamestop spent to prepare for the future. The company expects a return to growth with the launch of "at least one next generation console by holiday." There's also the launch of Grand Theft Auto, which was specifically called out as a highlight of this holiday.

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